THE MAYOR of Mossley praised community spirit as she presented almost £6,000 to local clubs and organisations.
Over the last 12 months Lesley Bill and her committee have organised a host of events – from music nights and tea parties to fashion shows and a real ale festival – to raise the funds.
As her mayoral year draws to a close, she brought locals together at Mossley Football Club to present the cheques totalling £5,700 to groups from across the area.
Lesley said: “We have had a brilliant time working hard to raise this tremendous amount for these worthy causes.
“Some have supported the Mayor’s charity throughout the year and some are close to the hearts of members of the Mayor’s committee.
“Mossley has community spirit second to none and it is the groups and charities that make Mossley what it is so I had no hesitation spending a year raising money for them.”
Groups which received cheques were Mossley Morris Men, Childflight, Friends of Mossley Park, Tots, Baden House, Mossley Civic Society, Mossley Community Centre, Time Of Your Life, Methodist Church Wednesday Club, St John’s Breakfast Club, Town Team, The Club and Royal British Legion.
There were also cheques for St John’s Band, Mossley Band, Djemba Drumming Group, MERA bingo, Traditional Whit Friday committee, Whit Friday band contest, MAODS and Good Vibrations.
Money was also presented to Mossley Hollins High School to launch a community award scheme to reward pupils who volunteer their time and efforts locally.
The event also included entertainment from Mossley Morris Men, Good Vibrations, Martin Stimson, Cara May Robinson, Djemba Drumming and Jo Farrow.
Proceeds from Lesley’s final four events will be presented to four charities picked from a prize draw at the Mayor Making event on Wednesday, May 18 at the Methodist Church from 7.15pm.
Lesley will also hand over the reins to Deputy Mayor Greg Brett to begin his year in office.