Mayor opens up his parlour to help out local charities

TEA PARTY Mayoress Christin Beavis, Pam Marsden, and the Mayor John Beavis
TEA PARTY Mayoress Christin Beavis, Pam Marsden, and the Mayor John Beavis
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IT’S not often having tea and cakes can do so much for charity.

But visitors to Gosport Town Hall raised hundreds of pounds by doing just that.

The fundraisers had a rare opportunity to take a look inside the Mayor’s parlour and the civic wing of the town hall.

The day not only gave people a chance to explore their town hall but also a chance to learn about being a magistrate while being able to donate to the mayor’s chosen charities and win some prizes.

Guest speaker Pam Marsden’s talk went down excellently with the crowd answering questions about life as a magistrate.

When asked why he decided to host the tea party, the Mayor John Beavis said: ‘We had fantastic feedback about the last party in June.

‘It was also a great way to show people the civic wing of their town hall whilst raising money for some fantastic causes.’

The Mayor added he was ‘very pleased’ with how the day went.

Tickets combined with the raffle raised £246 for the mayor’s chosen charities.

He said: ‘The fact that the event was sold out and raised as much money as it did showed it was definitely worthwhile.

‘I would also like to thank Morrison’s for their fantastic contribution to the day.’

Adrian Knight, a retired dental surgeon, told The News: ‘The whole event was a great idea.

‘The day was well organised with a very interesting speaker.’

Tickets for the party completely sold out.

It was the second of six parties with the other four to be held later in the year all in support of the Mayor’s three chosen charities: Motiv8, Connect Advocacy and Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club.

In total both tea parties have raised over £500 for charity and with four more still to be hosted the hope is even more will be raised in the long run.

The next tea party is to be held on November 16.

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