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Fareham’s mayor Councillor Mikew Ford talks about the charities he supports and an upcoming fundraising Sunday lunch

When I was invited to become mayor, Anne and I decided that we would take the opportunity to raise funds for charity and we took quite some time to decide who we would choose.

We decided that our chosen charities would need to meet some criteria.

They should be local, run by volunteers, be fully dependant on fund raising to meet their needs (ie not receive any grant funding) and for whom whatever we raised, would ‘make a difference’.

Our two charities fully meet all of these criteria and are both wonderful organisations doing incredible work.

We had heard of, but knew little about Gafirs (the Gosport and Fareham InShore Rescue Service), but following a visit to their Stokes Bay Lifeboat station, we knew that we would choose them.

They are totally independent of the RNLI and do such a superb job rescuing folk in distress and saving lives, in the very busy stretch of our seas from Portsmouth Harbour round to Titchfield Haven and across the Solent.

We were introduced to Tina Wellman-Hawke by a friend.

Tina lives in Hamble and since she lost her husband Dave to cancer some 15 years ago, she has worked tirelessly to raise funds to assist in the battle against this dreadful disease. Tina has raised an incredible amount of money over the years and Dave has a lab named after him in the Cancer Sciences Centre at Southampton General Hospital.

Tina funds respite care for cancer sufferers and their families and is also helping fund a new Cancer Immunology Centre at the hospital.

This incredible lady has recently suffered another personal tragedy, losing her sister Terri to the same cancer that took Dave’s life.

We are privileged to be in a position where we can assist both organisations and we have a full range of events planned throughout our Mayoral year.

The next one is a two-course Sunday lunch at Portchester Parish Hall on November 22, where a great supporter of Tina’s, ex-Saint Francis Benali will be the speaker.

Franny will be talking about his epic 1,000 mile charity run last year.

n Tickets cost £10 and can be bought from the mayor on 01489 574 501.