MORE than £22,000 was raised for a charity through a mayor’s support during her year in office.
Former mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford collected the money for the Rainbow Centre and its adult rehabilitation service.
The Rainbow Centre’s adult service provides a form of learning and rehabilitation called conductive education to adults with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and those recovering from stroke and head injury.
Cllr Bayford presented the charity with a cheque for £8,000 as a result of her selecting the charity as one of her mayoral charities.
The charity was also given £8,000 from profits made at HMS Collingwood’s open day, nearly £6,000 from Fareham Borough Council chief executive Peter Grimwood’s marathon, and nearly £1,000 from Barclays, bringing the total to £22,724.99.
Cllr Bayford said: ‘I’m delighted to be able to give this final contribution of £8,000 bringing my total fundraising support to just over £22,000, which will go towards equipment as they continue to develop and expand the service.’
Lara Bull, from the Rainbow Centre, said: ‘When Cllr Bayford chose our adult rehabilitation service as one of her charities we were absolutely thrilled not only because of the money we might receive but also the opportunity to have our mayor help to raise awareness about the service in the community.’
The Rainbow Centre, in Fareham, launched a crisis appeal at the end of March as it was in danger of closing due to a lack of funds.
Since the appeal, more than £180,000 in donations has been raised.
For more details go to rainbowcentre.org