A MAYOR whose family has been blighted by health problems has helped to raise almost £10,000 for worthy causes in her year in office.
Mayor of Peterlee, Councillor Lillian Wood, has handed over thousands of pounds to a number of causes, including the breast cancer unit run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which helped her daughter-in-law Karen, 43, who was diagnosed with the disease four years ago.
Specialist breast nurse Karen Milburn was at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites to accept the cheque on behalf of the unit.
Ms Milburn said: “This is a very generous donation which will help many women we care for in this unit and their families in the future.”
Karen, a practice nurse in Durham and married to Paul, 47, is now in remission.
Coun Wood also donated some of the money to the MS Society in Sunderland.
It comes after her seven-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, was one of the youngest people in the world to be diagnosed with MS aged just four. Lucy needs monthly treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Her dad, Stuart, 42, has suffered from the condition since he was 27, but manages to cope through medication and continues in his job for East Durham Homes.
Coun Wood, who handed over her civic chains to her successor Coun John Hardy at a council ceremony, also donated money to the Peterlee-based Macmillan Cancer Support Committee, where her husband Billy, 67, is a member.
Other beneficiaries from the Mayor’s generosity included the Stockton-based Special Needs Children’s Carnivals, a friend of the mayor whose grandson was born blind and needs money to travel to London for treatment, Peterlee Youth Centre, East Durham Positive Inclusion Partnership (EDPIP), Clayport Supernova Visual Impairment Group, the Hartlepool and District Branch of the Royal Signallers Association and Crimestoppers.
Coun Wood, 68, who lives in Duddon Close, Peterlee, and has two other grandchildren, said: “We have been an unlucky family. “But doing this mayorship has made me feel a bit better by being able to give something back.
“Peterlee Town Council should be given recognition for all the different charities its mayors have helped over the years.”