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Local woman’s charitable deeds remembered as Lichfield road is named after her

The charitable work of a woman whose money helped found the former Victoria Hospital in Lichfield will be remembered after a road on the site was named after her.

The official opening of Mary Slater Road

The official opening of Mary Slater Road

One of the main streets on the new Victoria Place development will be named after Mary Slater, who died in 1898 and left money which helped found the hospital.

Angela Reynolds, Chair of the Mary Slater Charity, said:

“Mary died in 1898, but her generosity has helped hundreds of local people since then. She was a local lady known for her charity and good works, and on her death she gave a substantial sum to The Lichfield Nursing Institution & Invalids’ Kitchen, which later helped to establish the former Victoria Hospital.

“It’s such an honour that a local road on the new Victoria Place housing development has been named after Mary. We hope the road name will not only help raise awareness of who she was and the important role she played in the life of our city, but that it will also help to raise awareness of how the Mary Slater Charity helps people within the city of Lichfield by donating each year to health, well-being, charitable and related good causes.”

The naming of local roads is carried out by Lichfield District Council who worked with the charity and developer David Wilson Homes to give the street its new title.

Cllr Colin Greatorex said:

“We are always keen to help people to celebrate our history and heritage by naming new streets in honour of those gone by. We also maintain a central database of street names, which we pass on to the police, fire and ambulance services, as well as royal mail and other companies, to make sure important services can reach people’s doors.

“If anyone is interested in finding out how our street naming and numbering services can help, they can call the team on 01543 308116.”

The Mary Slater Charity was formed in 1955 to help provide help and support to people living in Lichfield city with health-related issues.

From recuperative holidays for people recovering from illness, to electric beds, standing frames and runners to support children with special needs, the charity gives out in the region of £30,000 a year to local residents and groups, such as the East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau, the Lichfield Live at Home Scheme and Saxon Hill School. The Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield join the trustees for the charity for the time they are in office.

Angela added:

“We are really keen to hear from groups, organisations and individuals living in Lichfield city, who need help and support with health related issues, or those who are in financial need. The trustees meet four times and year and also considers emergency applications if there is a need.”

For more information contact the charity’s clerk at Anson Solicitors on 01543 267982 or email jminers@ansonsllp.com.

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