Two charities have reaped the benefits of a year of fundraising by Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews and his fellow town councillors.
At the town’s annual parish meeting last Wednesday, April 22, the Mayor presented cheques for £1,389 to his two chosen charities for the year, The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Coun Matthews said: “I selected for the Mayor’s charity the Alzheimer’s Society as have had a relative suffer from this in their final days and the air ambulance because they do so much for our community.
“I’d like to thanks Margaret Lakin-Whitworth, the businesses in the town and the public for their support.
“Whether we have been in Tesco with a stall or on the street with charity tins the pubic have been fantastic.”
Sally Marsh, regional shops co-ordinator for the air ambulance, collected the cheque of behalf of the charity.
Steve Boryszczuk collected the cheque on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Steve’s wife Michelle died two years ago aged 44 and was the youngest person in Britain to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 38.
Since then Steve has raised thousands for the charity, organising and completing numerous events and charity walks - his next one being a sponsored trek around the coastline of the Isle of Wight.
Mayor Matthews also thanked his wife, Jayne, who he said had put in a lot of the hard work in organising the fundraising events for the two charities throughout the year.
The annual parish meeting also saw the council give a review of its work over the last 12 months and set out its priorities for the forthcoming year, which include continuing the refurbishment of the Old Police Station, which now has Listed Buildings Consent, work on the continued modernisation and refurbishment of Festival Hall and a focus on picking up where MR BIG left off with the markets.
There were also stalls and information available on the Town’s Twinning Association and the services available at Rasen Hub in Union Street.
The meeting closed with a public forum which spawned few questions for council other than offering words of support for their ongoing voluntary work.