The new Chairman of Watford Borough Council, Councillor Asif Khan, has chosen Starfish Ward at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as one of his two nominated charities.
Councillor Khan will spend his year in office, which began on Wednesday 22 May, fundraising for the children’s ward along with the Rwandan Sisterhood, a charity in Rwanda set up to support and educate women and children.
Based at Watford General Hospital, Starfish Ward is a general paediatric ward caring for children and young people up to the age of 16 years.
Councillor Khan said: “I am delighted to have chosen Starfish Ward as one of my charities. The level of care and dedication shown by the staff that work there is second to none. My own son experienced the kindness of the staff when he was admitted to the ward when he was younger. It represents the very best of the NHS and something which Watford can be proud of.”
Starfish ward manager Kerry Beasley and ward clerk supervisor Debbie Town attended the Chairman making ceremony at the Annual Council meeting in Watford Town Hall where Councillor Khan accepted his role and announced his chosen charities.
Debbie said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured. We look forward to working with Councillor Khan and helping to raise funds for the children’s ward.”
To find out more visit the charity’s website at www.raisewestherts.org.uk.
Right hand picture: Kerry Beasley and Debbie Town are pictured with Cllr Khan at the ceremony.
Left hand picture: Cllr Khan at fundraising day.