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Councillor Patricia Ireland was born and bred on Knowsley Road in St Helens. She attended Knowsley Road Primary School then went on to Cowley Girls Grammar School after passing the 11+ examination.
Upon completion of her education, she was employed and trained in the secretarial school by Pilkington Brothers and went on to work in the Audio Typing Pool. Most of her working life has been in administration. She later worked in the head offices of Lennons Supermarkets Ltd.
Councillor Ireland met her husband John in 1984 while she was working for the Council in the offices the Leisure & Recreation Department, later known as the Community Education Department based in the Mansion House and then on the 6th floor of Century House. They were best friends until 1991 when they married and live in Thatto Heath. They have no children together, but Councillor Ireland has two girls Siân and Susan from a previous marriage who John looks on as his own.
They have three grandchildren Marc, Kate and James and three great grandchildren Grace, James and Max.
Pat, as she is known, became a Councillor for Queens Park Ward in 1998 until 2002. She then took a break and worked as Senior Administrator at the Regional Labour Party and also as Caseworker for the Right Honourable Shaun Woodward MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in his St Helens office.
She was elected as Councillor for Thatto Heath Ward in 2011.
Councillor Ireland is honoured to be appointed Mayor of her home town and to be in the year of celebrations for the 150th year of the town makes the honour even more special. She looks forward to meeting the great people of St Helens during her Mayoral year.
MAYOR’S CHARITY APPEAL 2018 - 2019
During my Term of Office I have chosen to support two local charities –
the St Helens Hospital Diabetes Centre and The Steve Prescott Foundation.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes whilst on holiday in Spain 8 years ago. It was a very difficult time and I was very worried about my diabetes and how it would affect me and how I would cope. On returning home I was immediately referred to St Helens Hospital’s Diabetes Centre. There I met a wonderful team who proceeded to explain everything to me - how to cope, how to count carbohydrates and generally live with this awful condition. The Centre has an education programme which is second to none. I was given reassurance and support, especially when I felt like giving up and taught how to live with Type 1 diabetes and that it wasn’t the end of the world.
The Centre has recently received funding for four strands of Diabetes - Foot Care, Education, Community and Inpatient care. Funding re-education was to help improve the attendance and uptake of Structured Education for patients with diabetes in St Helens CCG, this means that they will be able to deliver more courses and target patients who have established diabetes who haven’t received education previously. With the recruitment of a dietician they will also be able to provide dietary education which was a key feature in the feedback from satisfaction surveys. They now have several courses a week at different times in Newton, Fingerpost, Lowe House, Rainford and the Diabetes Centre.
I have chosen to raise funds for the centre to help purchase vital equipment to ensure that they are able to continue to provide the best possible service to Diabetes sufferers in the borough.
The second charity I have chosen to support is The Steve Prescott Foundation, because of the wonderful work they do in our community.
Through events like the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k Run and the Handepay St Helens Triathlon, they promote health and wellbeing within our borough. They also are the driving force behind the Pride of St Helens Awards which raises aspirations and celebrates all the great and good within the town. Steve Prescott MBE may no longer be with us but his legacy and the way he continues to inspire people to overcome adversity is as strong as ever.
Anyone wishing to give support to these very worthwhile causes can do so by sending donations directly to the Mayor’s Secretary as per the following details:
The Mayor’s Parlour
St Helens Council
Cheques should be made payable to “The Mayor’s Appeal Fund”