Mayor’s Charitable Trust raises £42,000 for local groups

Councillor Mary Heathcote is pictured with Laura Smyth, Councillor Barry O’Mahony (former Deputy Mayor), Kate Dudley and Robin Hutchinson.

Three local groups are each £14,000 better off thanks to donations and fund-raising in aid of the last Mayor of Kingston’s chosen charities.

A total of £42,139.99 was raised by the Mayor’s Charitable Trust during Councillor Mary Heathcote’s year in office from May 2012. Kingston Carers' Network, Yorda Adventures and The Community Brain share the proceeds.

Kingston Carers’ Network provides information, advice, advocacy and support to around 300 young carers aged five to 18 and 1,000 adult carers. Yorda Adventures provide activities and short breaks for children with severe learning disabilities. The Community Brain works to foster a stronger sense of community and place in Surbiton through the arts, education and local history.

"The people of Kingston never cease to amaze me with their generosity"

“I am extremely grateful to everyone who contributed during my term as Mayor.

Even in these tough financial times local people dug deep not just through their donations but by lending their energy and enthusiasm to fund-raising events.

“The people of Kingston never cease to amaze me with their generosity and their willingness to help others in the community, and the money raised will be put to good use by three worthy causes.”

Councillor Mary Heathcote

"Much needed"

“We were delighted that Mary chose us as one of her charities and for her ongoing support of carers across the borough. KCN is extremely grateful to receive the donation from the Mayor’s Charitable Trust. This will allow us to provide a range of activities for young and adult carers affording them a much needed break from caring.”

Kate Dudley, Kingston Carers' Network CEO

"Most amazing gift"

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from Mary Heathcote over the last year. She has championed our work with children with severe learning disabilities in the local area tirelessly and with great enthusiasm. The amount she has raised overall as well as for us individually has been incredible. We will be able to continue the next stages of our playground, improve facilities for the children and employ staff to make our projects more sustainable for the next year. We are extremely grateful to Mary, her team and all the people of Kingston who supported the fundraising events to give us this most amazing gift.”

Laura Smyth, General Manager of Yorda Adventures

"An incredible honour"

“It was an incredible honour to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Mary's year as Mayor. The amount raised is quite staggering and is a tribute to her, Roger and Barry and the people of Kingston. Their support will allow us to grow and develop the work we do in developing and strengthening the sense of community and supporting local businesses. It will bring more smiles to more people and we are very grateful.”

Robin Hutchinson from The Community Brain

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