Charity is a real hit
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