Mayor of Havant’s fund benefits dozens of good causes

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MORE than £18,000 is being given out to deserving causes across Havant by the former mayor from her charity appeal fund.

Councillor Yvonne Weeks said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the public who donated to the fund throughout her mayoral year, which ended in May.

Fundraising events such as the charity ball in December and the classic car run and rally in May helped reach £18,163 for good causes.

One of the two main charities to benefit is Park Families, which offers help to parents, children and families within Leigh Park and Havant.

The donation of £5,000 will sponsor a young apprentice who will be employed by the charity.

Colonel Bill Stephens and Vice Admiral Sir Roy Newman KCB, from the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, were presented with a cheque for £8,000.

The charity gives practical help to men and women who served in the armed forces –even if it was only for one day.

Thirty-three other causes are set to receive up to £200 each from the charity appeal fund.

They include the Macular Disease Society, the Forest of Bere Woodturners Association, Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club, Havant Borough Talking News, Squirrels Day Nursery, Help in Bereavement and Motiv8.

Councillor Weeks said: ‘The generosity of people around the borough during my mayoral year has been overwhelming.

‘It’s one of my proudest achievements that the charity appeal fund for 2010-11 will help so many worthy causes.

‘Many of the smaller organisations are ones that I visited as mayor and I’m delighted that my fundraising will help them to continue their activities in the borough.’