Added on: 16th December, 2016 by O1
Orpington ward Councillor, and former Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting, raised £55,000 in her Mayoral year, which ended earlier this year. Already, £35,000 has been donated to The National Brain Appeal, with the remaining money provisionally allocated to a local charity, to be announced at a later date.
The National Brain Appeal raises money for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital is one of the UK’s leading centres of excellence for treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system, and is where Councillor Botting had major surgery to remove a brain tumour in 2010.
“It was an amazing privilege to be Bromley’s Mayor and I met and found out so much of the good work that so many people do each day right across our Borough. I would like to thank these unsung heroes and the immensely generous donations that my charity appeal received. I always intended to divide the monies raised between a national and local charity and this was a very personal appeal. The National Brain Appeal charity is very close to my heart and when details about the local charity are confirmed, we will confirm this” said Councillor Kim Botting.
Presenting the £35,000 cheque to Mr Neil Kitchen, the consultant neurosurgeon who carried out her surgery, and to Theresa Dauncey, Chief Executive of The National Brain Appeal, Councillor Kim Botting added, “I owe my life to The National Hospital who they raise essential funds for. The staff at the hospital are fantastic, especially my neurosurgeon Mr Neil Kitchen. Mine was a highly complex and high risk operation that could have left me deaf, blind, paralysed. It was also possible that I might not have survived the surgery.”
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “Each Mayor brings their own focus to this ambassadorial role, with a nominated charity appeal part of this. I know that Councillor Botting worked tirelessly behind the scenes raising this record sum and carrying out the many and varied tasks of representing our Borough and behalf of all concerned, I would like to publicly thank Councillor Botting. It is this energy and vision that helps make improvement to Borough life.”
The £35,000 raised boosted the charity’s Operating Theatres Appeal and helped the charity reach the £4 million target to create two new operating theatres and undertake a major refurbishment of the existing theatres at The National Hospital. Work starts early in 2017.
Mr Neil Kitchen, consultant neurosurgeon at The National Hospital said: “It is very gratifying to see how well Kim has been since her operation. She has channelled so much energy into raising money for The National Brain Appeal. Her support is very much appreciated by the hospital and the charity. We have been in desperate need for more operating theatres capacity at The National and the £35,000 she has raised has helped us get closer to achieving this with work commencing within weeks. It will mean we will be able to treat more patients who face conditions similar to hers.”
Theresa Dauncey, Chief Executive of The National Brain Appeal, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with Kim during her year as Mayor of Bromley and we are so grateful for her support for The National Brain Appeal. As a patient at The National Hospital she understands how important it is to have access to the right expertise and equipment when you are faced with a frightening diagnosis. The money she has raised is already having an impact with work about to start to create two new operating theatres at the hospital.”