Published on: 15 May 2019


Pictured: Councillor Anne Kelly, Mayor of Burnley, and Denise Gee, Fundraising Manager at ELHT&Me.

Councillor Anne Kelly, who was announced as Mayor of Burnley on 15 May at Burnley Town Hall, has pledged her support to ELHT&Me, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s charity.

The charity, which aims to improve patient experience across hospitals and community services in East Lancashire, is the Mayor’s chosen charity for 2019-20, alongside a donation to Burnley’s Talking Newspapers. Money raised by and for ELHT&Me is used to enhance care beyond standard NHS funding, allowing staff to go the extra mile for patients.

Councillor Kelly aims to raise a minimum of £25,000 for ELHT&Me, for diagnostic equipment solely for Burnley General Hospital.

Speaking following the announcement, Councillor Kelly said: “I am delighted to support ELHT&Me during my Mayoral term. I feel that fundraising for our local hospital is a really effective way to positively impact all the people of Burnley, and I am confident we will raise the funds we need.

“We are all sure to use hospital services at some point in our lives. Giving something back by investing in new diagnostic equipment means we can improve care for people now, and in years to come.”

Denise Gee, Fundraising Manager at ELHT&Me, said: “We are honoured and delighted that Councillor Kelly has chosen her local hospital charity. All of the funds donated during her mayoral term will be spent at Burnley General Hospital, which will make a huge impact for the community the Mayor represents and beyond.’’

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Burnley community to get behind the Mayor and support her to reach her fundraising target, knowing that donations will benefit the people of the town.”

Councillor Anne Kelly is a Liberal Democrat Councillor who has served the Briercliffe Ward where she lives for 12 years. For 30 years she was a local primary school teacher and still has an interest in local education, being Chair of Governors at Unity College.

For more information on supporting the Mayor’s chosen charity, please contact Maureen Neave at the Mayor’s Office in Burnley Town Hall, tel: 01282 425011.

For more information on East Lancashire Hospitals’ Charity, ELHT&Me, please visit