THE Mayor of Fareham was told to go whistle, in the nicest possible way, to help raise money for one of his chosen charities.
Johanna Branston gave a talk at the mayor’s first charity tea party about her experiences of entering the World Whistling Championships in America.
Mrs Branston, from Bramley in Surrey, gives talks to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, as her two daughters have the condition.
The trust needs to raise £6m by autumn to enable 200 CF patients to take part in a pioneering gene therapy trial.
She said: ‘The general economic downturn has resulted in a reduction of income, at the very time when the charity needs it most.
‘The multi award-winning research team and families throughout the CF community feel absolutely crushed by this desperate situation, but are resolute in their determination to raise the money needed to see this project through – even if it does mean my having to subject the public to my pucker powers.’
The mayor, Councillor Trevor Cartwright, who has a niece with cystic fibrosis, will be cycling around the Isle of Wight next month for his charities, and is looking for cyclists to join him.
Entry forms for the bike ride are available at fareham.gov.uk/mayor or call (01329) 824303.