Former Mayor of Dalton-in-Furness Nick Perie paid a visit Furness General Hospital to officially hand over funds raised during his time in office, along with gifts for staff.

Councillor Perie chose Bay Hospitals Charity as one of his causes during his time in office, with funds allocated to the Intensive Care Unit garden at the hospital.

He said: “The staff of ICU worked extremely hard during this period of time as did the staff of FGH. I would personally like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication during this time, and it has been a pleasure to personally get to know some of the staff on the unit.

“The funds will go towards the new garden for use by families visiting loved ones on the unit and patients to aid their recovery.

“I’m sure the whole of Dalton would join me in saying thanks to all the great staff at Furness General Hospital and in the ICU.”

Funds were raised through a number of events and activities including a ‘60s night held before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Perie recently met Ward Manager Helen Steer and Matron Debbie Muldoon-Smith to present a cheque along with a hamper for staff.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust Executive Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive Sue Smith OBE said: “The whole team is very grateful to Nick for his support for the Intensive Care Unit.

“The donation will help to create an important space that will be shared by patients, visitors and staff.”

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Photo: Mayor of Dalton Nick Perie presents a cheque and hamper to Ward Manager Helen Steer and Matron Debbie Muldoon-Smith.