|Well Done Wilf! Former Mayor's a Charity Champ
One Careful Owner: Former Mayor Cllr Wilf Brogan hands over the keys to the new Rapid Response Vehicle to chairman of the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service Alan Stephenson. With them are (from left) Wigan Ambulance Service Operational Manag
It was a proud moment for a former Mayor of Wigan when the efforts of his year-long charity campaign paid off in spectacular fashion. Cllr Wilf Brogan, who was last year’s Mayor, set out to raise enough money to buy the borough’s ambulance service a new Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) during his year of office. Cllr Brogan enlisted to help of kind-hearted folk across the borough the help him with the appeal and they responded in magnificent fashion.
The mayor, along with his charity committee, supported the cause through official functions and fund-raising events, as well as enlisting the support of residents and the borough’s business community.
So successful was the campaign, that the Mayor raised enough money to buy two new RRVs.
The Greater Manchester Ambulance Service (GMAS) decided to use half the money to buy one now then save the rest to replace the new one when the time comes.
Chairman of GMAS Alan Stephenson was on hand outside Wigan Town Hall recently to receive the new RRV from Cllr Brogan. Mr Stephenson said:
“We are delighted that Cllr Brogan has achieved his fundraising goal. Rapid Response cars are a vital part of the GMAS fleet and have proved their worth time and time again. This extra vehicle in Wigan will allow us to continue to provide the people of Wigan with the very best in emergency health care.”
While a delighted Cllr Brogan describe the hand over as a ‘dream come true’. He said:
“The people of the borough have backed me all the way with this charity appeal and I’m delighted that we have been able to provide the new vehicle and another one after that!”
“It is also a testament to the hard work of my charity committee who have devoted the better part of a year to this cause and have made my dream a reality.”
“When I began this campaign I called it Save A Life, by working together and through the generosity of a great many people I think we have saved many.”