Corby mayor's Lakelands £8,000 fundraiser 'worth the blood, sweat and tears'
The former mayor went online to finish fundraising
The fomer mayor of Corby Cllr Ray Beeby and his wife mayoress Toni Beeby have donated a hard-raised £8,000 for their chosen charity Lakelands Hospice.
Cllr Beeby, mayor for an extended period of office from May 2019 to September 2020 handed over the cheque to the Corby hospice following a successful year raising money.
Despite having events in the pipeline which had to be cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Cllr Beeby still managed to raise a huge £8,000 for Lakelands following an array of events including dances, raffles, dress down days for staff at Corby Council, a fashion show, walking football events and a civic ball.
Cllr Beeby, said: “What a year. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped along the way towards such an amazing final total.
"Whether you have helped to organise, attended, bought raffle tickets or shown support in any other way.
"This wouldn’t have been possible without each and every one of you. Lakelands Hospice is a charity close to my heart and I am proud to have raised this money for them.
"During a difficult period, I hope this gives the staff there a reason to smile and I have no doubts they will put it to fantastic use.”
Due to the first lockdown, events moved online with a raffle organised by Cllr and Mrs Beeby raising £200.
She said: "Both Ray's mum and dad died of cancer so it's very profound for him. Lakelands doesn't get any funding. We raised money for Lakelands last time Ray was mayor. We had four other events planned but then lockdown happened so we moved online. We worked very hard to raise the money but it was worth all the blood, sweat and tears."