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Former mayor thanks local people for generosity

Former Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Don Navarro, has thanked local people for their kindness and generosity as he handed a cheque for over £20k to the George Eliot Hospital Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).


Don chose the SCBU to benefit from his Mayor’s Appeal, which ran during his time in office. During his year as mayor of the borough, he attended and hosted numerous events to raise the money, which will be used to buy two new monitors and contribute towards the purchasing of a new ventilator.

Don is now a Non-executive Director at George Eliot Hospital and chair of Trust’s Charitable Funds committee. He was therefore in the unusual position of being able to hand the money over on behalf of the mayor’s appeal and accept it on behalf of the hospital.

Don was joined at the presentation by John Preedy, a member of the appeals committee, who himself raised over £900 by having a tattoo.

Don, whose 19-old-son Don Jr. was treated at the SCBU as a baby, thanked local people for their support: “During my time as mayor, I was constantly astounded by the generosity of the people of Nuneaton, Bedworth and the surrounding area. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Tina Will, SCBU midwife, echoed the words of gratitude to the local community and also thanked Don for his role in raising the money: “We’re extremely grateful to Don and all the local people who have donated to the appeal. We’re always amazed by the support we receive from local people and every penny will be used to purchase vital equipment that will be used to benefit babies requiring specialist care.”