BLUE Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Fund, has welcomed a new member of the team.
Blackpool’s Lauren Codling, 22, has lobbied parliament for carers’ rights, been a national gymnast, is a self-taught singer and guitar player and is also a part-time professional wrestler.
But it is her personal experiences that bring her to her new fundraising role.
As her father was treated in the Cardiac Centre in 2010, Lauren remembers how great the care was and how the staff supported her even though she was only 14.
She said: “Being in hospital can be distressing not only for the patient, but also for their friends and family.
“I’m passionate about raising awareness of the charity, because of my own experiences, in order to raise money to allow patients to have the best possible care.
I’m really looking forward to working with as many people as possible and can’t wait to get into the community and create a buzz so we can aid patient care together.”
Interim Head of Fundraising, Ann Hedley, said: “We want to partner with the community and for them to see the Trust as theirs. Rather than being so Blackpool-centric we will be working throughout the whole of the Trust’s geographic area which encompasses north Lancashire and south Cumbria.
“We are going to be proactive rather than reactive as Lauren’s arrival starts the beginning of lots of changes in the charity.
“We are very excited about our planned events and how much we can help patient care.”