Char­ity is a real hit

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

THE pre­vi­ous Mayor of Red­car and Cleve­land has bro­ken the bor­ough’s all­time May­oral char­ity fundrais­ing record.

Councillor Barry Hunt, who re­cently stood down af­ter his year as Mayor, raised £24,000 – sev­eral thou­sand pounds more than the pre­vi­ous best.

Dur­ing his year as Mayor, he slept on Red­car High Street on Christ­mas Eve and Christ­mas night to raise money for the home­less, bring­ing in about £7,000.

He also raised money for peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

His cho­sen char­i­ties were Coatham House, a char­ity for young home­less peo­ple, and Earth­beat, a the­atre com­pany lo­cated in Salt­burn to sup­port adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Councillor Hunt said: “I feel hum­bled by the sup­port shown from peo­ple right across the bor­ough. I’d like to thank the gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple who do­nated their time, money and ef­fort towards help­ing these vi­tally im­por­tant char­i­ties.”

Councillor Hunt’s char­i­ta­ble ac­tions in­cluded record­ing a char­ity sin­gle, a cover of the Wave­length hit Hurry Home, writ­ten by Teesside-based song­writer Steve Thomp­son. He also hosted a char­ity ball at Gis­bor­ough Hall.

He was praised for his fundrais­ing by fel­low coun­cil­lors across the po­lit­i­cal di­vide at Red­car and Cleve­land Coun­cil’s AGM.

For­mer Mayor of Red­car and Cleve­land Councillor Barry Hunt

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