New mayor is ready to make his mark
HILLINGDON’S new mayor will fundraise for the local NHS during his year as the borough’s first citizen.
Councillor George Cooper, who has lived in Hillingdon borough all his life, took office on May 14 after serving as deputy mayor under Catherine Dann for the past year.
The Uxbridge North Conservative councillor announced his principle charity as Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, under a theme of ‘ Healthy thy and Happy in Hillingdon’. on’.
Desiree Zimmerman, man, Harefield Community nity Fundraiser for Royal yal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals ls Charity, said: “WeWe are thrilled to getet the backing of the Mayor ayor of Hillingdon during uring Harefield Hospital’s ospital’s Centenary year.
“The money he raisesi will help extend the hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit, meaning that more seriously ill patients with heart or lung disease can be treated by the hospital’s specialist staff. The new unit will benefit hundreds of people for many years to come.”
The new mayor praised last year’s mayor for all she had done, having raised over £94,000 for Michael Sobell Hospice.
He said: “It is a great honour to be elected as mayor and I feel humbled by the actions of my fellow councillors in nominating me for the position.
“It is a daunting task to
follow Cllr Catherine Dann, who has discharged her duties as mayor in what can only be described as an outstandingly dignified manner.”
The Mayor will take part in a range of events and activities over the next 12 months and will be working hard to raise money for his charity appeal.
Mayor Cooper also selected five local charities to support, which are: Hillingdon South Society for Mentally Handicapped Children (MENCAP), Uxbridge Child Contact Centre, Hillingdon Brain Tumour and Injury Group, Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) and Life Education Centres Hillingdon Ltd.
The Mayoress will be his wife, Cllr Judith Cooper, who is a councillor representing Uxbridge South.
Cllr John Hensley was nominated as Deputy Mayor and his Deputy Mayoress is Mrs Diane Hensley.
The announcement was made at the Annual Council meeting at Uxbridge Civic Centre on May 14.
You can donate by sending a cheque made payable to Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2015/16 to Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW.
n TAKING THE CHAINS: The new M Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr George Coo Cooper takes over from Catherine Dann