A Real Community Partnership
Husband and wife team, Cllr Surinder and Cecile Biant, presented Springhill Hospice’s Director of Clinical Services, Sheila Johnson, with a very generous gift this Christmas, in the form of a cheque for £10,000, raised in their roles of Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale 2015-2016. The Councillors, who represent Spotland and Falinge, along with Tracie Powers, a volunteer from Vintage Worx at Falinge Park who acted as Chair of the Mayor’s Charity Committee, visited the Broad Lane palliative care centre. Sheila learnt of their efforts in raising money for not just Springhill Hospice but also other charities including Petrus, the Deaf Children’s Society and Shopmobility.
“We all thoroughly enjoyed fundraising for such deserving causes, especially as we put on such a large variety of events. The committee took on everything from home baking to ballroom dancing competitions, attended a spectacular fundraising dinner organised by the Council of Mosques and arranged our night of glamour at the Town Hall in the form of The Mayors Ball” said former Mayor, Cllr Biant.
Tracie Powers, Chair of the Mayor’s Charity Committee added “It was great fun and an honour. I learnt a lot throughout the year and am looking forward to putting my experiences to good use in Falinge at Vintage Worx”.
All in all the team raised an astonishing £43,000, with an terrific £16,000 being raised at the Council of Mosques’ dinner alone.
“It’s been a great experience all round, from our first meeting when everyone was throwing ideas into the pot, to seeing the final events and being able to make a difference to groups in the community who need it most” said former Mayoress Cecile, who added, “It’s hard work but very rewarding”, with the former Mayor, Surinder adding “I want to put on record our gratitude to my superb Charity Committee, especially Dorothy Johnstone and her team at the Town Hall”
On receiving the £10,000 donation, Sheila Johnson said “We’re very privileged to receive such outstanding support from the community we serve, the team here are so very grateful to have been chosen as one of the charities that Cllr Biant supported in his year as Mayor of Rochdale, especially when there are so many other organisation in our Borough that could also put the money to good use”