Mayor boosts local charities (presentation 14th September)

The Mayor of Erewash for the last civic year, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will share out a £3,350 moneypot between 13 local charities – the proceeds of fundraising events during his year in office.

Councillor Stevenson, who was Mayor for the 2016/17 civic year, will present the funding boost to representatives of the charities on Thursday 14 September at 5pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.

The money was raised through various events, including the Charity Civic Dinner, Charity Golf Day, events run by the council’s leisure centres and by donations following the Civic Service, Christmas Eve Carol Service and personal donations

The money raised was put into a general charity pot and Councillor Stevenson asked for the total amount to be shared between some of the local charities that he visited during his year in office.

Councillor Stevenson is delighted to be able to help the 13 organisations with their work in the borough:  “I decided to have a general charity pot as, in my role as Deputy Mayor and then Mayor, I visited the various organisations we have in Erewash and saw first hand the wonderful people who work so very hard, for no monetary benefit to themselves, to help those less fortunate in their local community. These local groups and charities do not receive the large sums of money that the bigger, national charities receive – instead they get by with small donations and the proceeds of events to keep going.

“It was heart-warming to see the dedication and enthusiasm of the groups I was privileged to visit and it was for this reason I decided to have a general charity pot. My thanks go to all those working every day to help others in so many ways. I also thank all those who supported my events and enabled me to raise the money.”

The organisations being presented with a donation are: Ilkeston Community Hospital’s League of Friends; Happivale social centre, Long Eaton; the homeless support charity Canaan Trust; Ilkeston and Long Eaton branches of the Royal British Legion; Leicester, Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance;  Riverside Pan Disability Football Club, Long Eaton;  the Old Park Ward Old Age Pensioners’ Fund;  Erewash Musical Society’s Youth Group; Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School Gardening Club; the Friends of Erewash Museum; Ilkeston Arts and Camera Club; Derbyshire Carers to support the Ilkeston and Long Eaton clubs; Long Eaton Rotary Club’s Interact Club