The County of Salop Steam Engine Society have donated £800 to Shrewsbury’s local NHS following the launch and sale of a special commemorative mug they produced.

In the absence of a Rally this year,  Michelle Wesley one of the steam society media team had the idea to produce a special ‘limited-edition’ mug to commemorate ‘The Rally Season That Wasn’t’ and to subsequently raise funds, in aid of the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

Edward Goddard, Chairman of the Society said: “We really appreciate our NHS and the great service that they provide for us all – more than ever during 2020.  We also appreciate that people who have previously purchased one of our yearly rally commemorative mugs wouldn’t want to see a gap in their collection.  Our designer Steve Whitefoot created an attractive mug that has been really appreciated and sold well, raising £820 in the process”.

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Services at the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust commented: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the County of Salop Steam Engine Society and its committee members for supporting our Hospitals at this very challenging time. We are really grateful and will make sure the money is put to good use.

The Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospital provide services across Mid-Wales including A&E, Cancer and Maternity services and we are keen to recognise and say thank you for your support in helping us to deliver those services. Every penny donated to SaTH Charity (the official Charity of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust) is spent on improving the care that we provide to patients. Fundraising has also recently made a big difference to our doctors, nurses and other staff who have benefitted from donations to SaTH Charity supports them through this immensely challenging period”.

Pictured: Edward Goddard, Chairman of COSSES with Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Services at the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust.