Cash for char­i­ties af­ter mayor’s year

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - KAREN BRIT­TON

TWO char­i­ties have been granted thou­sands of pounds af­ter fundrais­ing by the mayor.

Mac­cles­field mayor Alift Hare­wood-Jones MBE chose char­i­ties to sup­port dur­ing her year as the town’s first cit­i­zen.

She picked young peo­ple’s char­ity Just Drop-In and Live at Home, which sup­ports older peo­ple, which are based in Mac­cles­field and serve the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

She has been sup­port­ing fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a cof­fee af­ter­noon, din­ner hosted by the col­lege and char­ity ball.

Now she has pre­sented the char­i­ties with £3,814, split equally be­tween them.

The mayor would like to thank every­one who has con­trib­uted their time, ser­vices, and do­nated raf­fle and auc­tion items.

She said: “Be­ing mayor has en­abled me to meet many lo­cal peo­ple and see first-hand the good work they are do­ing.

“The com­mu­nity would not be what it is to­day with­out their ded­i­ca­tion and self­less­ness.

“My theme for the year is ‘bridg­ing the gap’ which it­self is a mes­sage of to­geth­er­ness and is re­flected in my choice of char­i­ties and they work they do.

“I am grate­ful to every­one who has sup­ported me and in par­tic­u­lar those who have as­sisted with the fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Just Drop In pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and prac­ti­cal ad­vice, such as em­ploy­ment, money or ac­com- mo­da­tion to young peo­ple aged 12-25 years. It of­fers coun­selling and a range of fa­cil­i­ties for ac­quir­ing skills for in­de­pen­dent liv­ing.

Ann Wright, man­ager, said: “As a lo­cal char­ity, it has been a real plea­sure to be part of such an in­spir­ing may­oral year and to have been in­volved in so many lo­cal events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We are thank­ful for all the funds that have been raised which will go to­wards help­ing the town’s young peo­ple to find their feet.”

Live at Home pro­vides helps older peo­ple lead in­de­pen­dent, ac­tive and ful­filled lives. They of­fer be­friend­ing, three luncheon clubs, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, a tele­phone link and af­ter­noon tea club.

Chris Har­rop, man­ager, said: “I want to say thankyou to the mayor and her con­sort Peter.

“Ev­ery penny will help peo­ple of our com­mu­nity to make friends and main­tain their in­de­pen­dence.”

Mayor Coun Alift Hare­wood-Jones MBE and con­sort Peter Jones hand over the char­ity do­na­tions to Chris Har­rop from Live at Home and Ann Wright from Just Drop In

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