Thank you 35,000 times over for saving my life 

19/12/2016 00:00 
The former mayor of Bromley has raised £35,000 for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery – to which she says she owes her life.

Kim Botting, who fundraised while mayor of the south east London borough, had major surgery to remove a brain tumour in 2010.

Presenting the cheque to her surgeon, Neil Kitchen, she said that she “owes her life” to the NHNN and praised its “fantastic” staff.

She also told of her fear that she would not survive the operation – and her joy on waking up afterwards.

Kim said: “Mine was a highly complex and high-risk operation that could have left me deaf, blind, paralysed. It was also possible that I might not have survived the surgery.

“However, from the first moment of meeting Neil Kitchen I felt confident that I was in good hands.  When I woke up after the operation and realised it was a success, it truly was the best day of my life.

“I feel hugely indebted to Neil and the hospital that helped me back to health and that is why I was so determined to raise as much money as possible during my year as Mayor of Bromley and to help and give something back to the community.”

Kim’s donation of £35,000 has helped the National Brain Appeal reach its target of £4million towards the redevelopment and extension of the operating theatres at the NHNN, which is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Kitchen, a consultant neurosurgeon, said: “We have been in desperate need for more operating theatres capacity at The National and the £35,000 Kim has raised has helped us get closer to achieving this with work commencing within weeks.

“It will mean we will be able to treat more patients who face conditions similar to hers.”

Theresa Dauncey, chief executive of The National Brain Appeal, said: “As a patient at The National Hospital, Kim understands how important it is to have access to the right expertise and equipment when you are faced with a frightening diagnosis.

“It has been a real pleasure to work with Kim during her year as mayor and we are so grateful for her support.”

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