THE former mayor of Fareham says he is thrilled after raising more than £40,000 in his mayoral year for three charities close to his heart.
Councillor Trevor Cartwright chose Gosport-based Toe in the Water, which provides sailing for injured servicemen, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Warsash Wasps Sports and Football Club for his mayoral year.
In that time, he and wife Ruth attended more than 400 appointments and travelled 11,500 miles in the process.
And they have organised 16 events for the three charities over the past year, including a fashion show staged by Rhian Fashion House in Warsash, and a bike ride around the Isle of Wight last summer, which Cllr Cartwright took part in himself.
A total of £9,000 was raised from the bike ride alone.
The amount raised is more than that brought in by previous mayors, who in the last few years have had final totals of £38,000, £24,000, £26,000 and £12,000.
And more cash is still coming in.
Cllr Cartwright, said: ‘Ruth and I had a wonderful year and we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
‘We have learnt so much about the borough of Fareham and met different people from all walks of life.
‘There are so many people that are special for different reasons.
‘I’d like to give a big thank you to all those who took part and support events or donated money.’
Cllr Cartwright said he had been keen to make his mayoral year in the borough a big success.
He added: ‘I wanted to do it well. When it came to the three charities, they are quite close to my heart. I wanted to do the best we could.
‘There is a lot of work involved. The fundraising is all down to us, and it’s down to us to do all the organisation. It’s gone really well. It’s exceeded our expectations by miles.’
Now, Cllr Cartwright, a keen sailor, is looking forward to getting out on his boat more over the next few months.
‘I normally do 50 or 60 races a year but this year I’ve only done a few,’ he said.
‘I can’t wait to get back out on the water again.’
On Thursday, councillor Dennis Steadman was elected as Fareham’s mayor for the coming year.