Charities benefit from Mayor’s fund

The Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Ken Harrington, with represenatives of local charities.
The Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Ken Harrington, with represenatives of local charities.
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The Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Ken Harrington, distributed the Mayor’s charity fund for 2012-13 at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.

More than £1,700 was raised throughout Cllr Harrington’s mayoral year, which has now been divided between six charities. Representatives from all the charities attended the presentation and reception held on Monday, July 22.

Cllr Harrington presented cheques for £300 to Wellingborough Talking Newspaper; Guide Dogs for the Blind; the Teamwork Trust, a charity that offers vocational therapy and training for disadvantaged people; the Sequal Trust, which supplies specialist communication equipment for disabled people; and the Hope Project on Wellingborough’s Hemmingwell estate. St Barnabas Church in the town will also receive a cheque for £241.60.

Cllr Harrington said: “Although I never regarded the role of Mayor as that of a fundraiser, there were inevitably opportunities to raise money throughout the year. I had no preconceived ideas as to where that money should go, but it became more and more apparent as the year went on that there were so many organisations doing such wonderful and invaluable voluntary work without much money being available to them.

“If the charity fund had been bigger, I would have been able to share it around more organisations. I am extremely grateful to every person who supported our fundraising efforts, and I’m so pleased we are able to give a small amount of money to a number of very worthwhile causes.”

The money was raised through a year of fundraising efforts, which included a Valentine’s ball, a Rotary event, a Mayor’s quiz, and personal donations.