New East Lindsey District Council Chairman, Councillor Robert Palmer, will raise money for the hospital department he says saved his life.
When Councillor Robert Palmer accepted the chain of office on May 14, he knew instantly which cause he would support during his year as Chairman - Louth Hospital’s Urology Department.
Ten years ago, Councillor Palmer was given a low chance of survival following tests which showed he had cancer.
Councillor Palmer said: “Life was good at that time, but after tests showed I had cancer I was told there was only a 20 per cent chance they could save my life. I had realised sooner something was wrong, and I should have gone to the doctor earlier than I did.”
He said that it is thanks to the Urology Department at Louth Hospital that he did survive, so has chosen it as the cause he will raise money for this year.
Councillor Palmer, who will celebrate his 72nd birthday this year, is a long-standing District Councillor representing North Somercotes Ward. During his working life he served in the army, going on to become a commissioned officer through active service before setting up his own poultry farm thirty years ago. He now spends his time enjoying his hobbies, which include fishing.
Throughout the coming year Councillor Palmer intends to raise as much money as possible to help the Urology Department save many more lives in Louth and, among other things, is planning to undertake a parachute jump.
Watch this space!