£12,500 boost for local charities

The former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Arthur Hookway, reported to May’s Annual Council Meeting that during his mayoral year he had raised £12,500 to support the work of two local charities - Sutton Seniors Forum and SMILE (Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences).

The theme for his mayoral year was Volunteers and Volunteering in the Community.

The Mayor presented cheques for £6,250 to representatives of both charities at a reception in Sutton Civic Centre on Friday 15 May that was also attended by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret Court.

Afterwards Cllr Hookway said:  “I wanted to do everything I could to support these very worthy people, who I consider the backbone of our community in Sutton. I am delighted that we were able to raise £12,500 to be split evenly between both of these charities.

“This is a tremendous achievement for Sutton, given that this is still a time of economic difficulty for many. However, the fact that so many people have so generously supported the fundraising is a tribute to the fantastic work the charities do for our young people and senior citizens in our Borough.”

  • Sutton Seniors Forum promotes the welfare and interests of senior people living in the Borough and works hard to combat the social isolation of this group of residents. For more information, visit the Sutton Seniors Forum website here
  • SMILE (Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences) is a peer-mentoring scheme for disabled young people aged 12-18 living in the Borough, providing access to a range of age-related activities and opportunities during holidays, term-time evenings and weekends. For more information, visit the SMILE website here  
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