Former mayor of Bromley donates over £12,000 to PRUH dementia ward

PUBLISHED: 09:57 23 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 December 2013

Dr Wendy Hildick-Smith, Cllr Michael Turner, matron Millie Francis, and ward manager Jacqueline McConnell.

Dr Wendy Hildick-Smith, Cllr Michael Turner, matron Millie Francis, and ward manager Jacqueline McConnell.


The former mayor of Bromley presented a unit at Princess Royal University Hospital with a cheque more than £12,000.

Cllr Michael Turner, whose time as mayor ended in May, held a number of events throughout his year in office to raise money for The Darwin Unit - which specialises in the care of older people.

A total of £12,237.21 was handed over to staff at the hospital, in Farnborough Common, on December 13.

Cllr Turner said: “I’m delighted to be able to present the Darwin Unit with the money raised while I was mayor of Bromley.

“Having looked around the unit, I can see the improvements that have been made since my last visit.

“I will leave it to the dedicated staff on the unit to decide where this money is best spent and look forward to visiting again soon to see how it has contributed to the wellbeing of the patients.”

The money raised looks set to be spent on pictures and clocks to make the ward more homely, creating a more familiar surrounding for dementia patients.

Consultant geriatrician at the hospital, Dr Wendy Hildick-Smith, added: ““We are extremely grateful to Cllr Turner for his continued support, which has been a key factor in the recent improvements that have been made.

“This generous donation will be well spent on ward changes and items that help our patients become better orientated.”

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