Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

09/07/09 Local Hero honoured in Parliament by MP Rosie

Lifelong community activist May Oxford was presented with an award in Parliament recently by local MP Rosie Cooper for her many years of dedicated work in the community.

May has been an active member of the Ormskirk Hospital League of Friends for 34 years and was Chair for 25 years. During her time she has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for vital hospital equipment, including a massive £450,000 for the hospital’s first ever CT scanner and a new ultrasound machine. Recently she helped to raise £100,000 for a new Hospital Chapel. In part for her fundraising efforts, she received an MBE in 1998. She was on the Community Health Council for West Lancashire for 9 years and also won a West Lancashire Woman of the Year Award in 1991.

Rosie said:

“May is an absolute star, giving decades of selfless service to Ormskirk Hospital and the local community. The projects she has been involved in have made a huge impact on the patients, staff and visitors at the hospital and she too has made an impact on the many thousands of lives she has touched over the years."

“Her tireless dedication to improving the lives of patients at the hospital has inspired hundreds of people and I am extremely proud to present her with this Hero Award as a small thank you for her many achievements."

“There are many people like May in the community who give their time selflessly to the service of others and it is important that they are recognised and congratulated.”

May said:

“I am delighted to receive this award and would like to thank Rosie for nominating me and all of the other people involved in the League of Friends who have helped me to achieve so much over the years."

“All of the voluntary work I have done has been with a view to helping patients in West Lancashire."

“It is a real honour to receive such recognition for the work we have done and I hope to continue my work with the League of Friends to make Ormskirk Hospital the best hospital in the country.”

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