MORE than 30 good causes will benefit after tens of thousands of pounds were donated in the name of Havant’s mayor.
Councillor Ken Smith, who was mayor until May, raised £24,400 through events such as coffee mornings, concerts and sponsored walks.
The average amount raised for the mayors chosen charities is usually around £12,000, so Cllr Smith’s efforts during a recession make it even more incredible.
The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook, and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIWAA) – charities close to both the former mayor and his wife Hazel’s hearts – will get £10,000 each.
The rest will be split between other good causes in Havant borough.
Cllr Smith, who attended 415 engagements during his year in office, said: ‘I’ve looked in the council records and the former mayor Penny Moss raised £30,000 but that was many, many years ago.
‘I couldn’t have done it without all the kind people who have helped me, including Ted Bingham who organised the beach walks, and all the lovely people who put together coffee mornings and other events.
‘Hazel and I are so grateful to everyone.’
Cllr Smith will present the cheque to The Rowans at the summer fete on September 2.
The HIWAA cheque will be presented on the next day.