FAREHAM’S new mayor is planning to lead by example when fundraising for his chosen charities.
Cllr Trevor Cartwright, a keen cyclist, has already lined up a round-the-island ride – a 63-mile trip around the Isle of Wight.
In doing so he wants to raise cash for Gosport-based Toe in the Water, which provides sailing for injured servicemen, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Warsash Wasps Sports and Football Club – his three causes for the year.
Cllr Cartwright, a Conservative, who has been the Warsash ward councillor since 2000, said: ‘I’ve done about 500 miles since Christmas so I’ve been training well.
‘I’ve already got the chief executive and the council leader saying they’ll take part. There’s already quite a few people who’ll be joining me. I’ve sailed around the island a few times and I think that was a lot easier than this is going to be.’
The ride is on July 9.
He said the CF Trust was important to his family, and added: ‘My niece Helen has cystic fibrosis. She’s 35 now with two lovely boys of her own, but when she was born they were told she would be lucky to make it to 18. We felt that it was a cause we had to support because it’s very close to home for us.’
Cllr Cartwright was voted unanimously as new mayor in a special council meeting at Ferneham Hall in Fareham.
His wife Ruth will be mayoress.
‘It’s a fantastic honour to be elected as mayor,’ he said. ‘We are really looking forward to our year. We’ve got a lot of events lined up already.
‘The charities are important but it’s also about representing the borough and we will do whatever we can in both respects.’
With a lifelong passion for sailing, he is a member of the Warsash Sailing Club and management member for the Warsash Sea Cadet Corps.
In 1996 he was made an MBE for services to the defence industry.
Cllr Dennis Steadman will be deputy mayor for the coming year.