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Mayor's Charitable Trust raises nearly £37,000 for charity

Councillor Thay Thayalan’s year as Mayor of Kingston upon Thames raised a whopping £36,811.89 during his time as the borough’s First Citizen.

The Mayor’s Charitable Trust saw three charities benefit from Cllr Thayalan’s time in office (May 2018 to May 2019), with all three being presented with a cheque at the Retiring Mayor’s Dinner on Monday evening.

Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC), Kingston Samaritans and Creative Youth - a charity which encourages young people to flourish in the arts - all received £12,270.63 each from Cllr Thayalan at the event, held at the Holiday Inn on Portsmouth Road, Surbiton.

Cllr Thay Thayalan said:

“I want to thank everyone who has helped raise such a fantastic amount for three causes that do incredible work in Kingston.”

“It’s vitally important that these charities get the support and recognition they deserve and I hope that these funds contribute towards that.”

Javed Rafiq, Chair of KREC said:

“Being nominated by Cllr Thayalan was greatly appreciated by KREC and its members and gave us an opportunity to talk about our work.” “This helped us to also publicise the work of KREC enabling us to raise the awareness among residents within the borough.”  “We hope this helped to give a better understanding of the work of KREC.”

“We will be forever grateful for the honour and privilege given to us by Cllr Thay Thayalan and thank him sincerely for the donation of £12,270.63 which will go a long way to help us to deliver an even better service to residents of the borough.”

Mona Saha, Kingston Samaritans Director, said:

“Kingston Samaritans would like to warmly thank Councillor Thayalan for choosing us as one his charities to support during his 2018/19 Mayor’s Appeal”.  “It was a great opportunity for us not only to raise funds, but also raise awareness of the work our volunteers do here in Kingston to provide emotional support for anyone struggling to cope, day or night 365 days a year.”  “We welcomed the connections we made with fellow Mayoral charities and would like to thank all the members of the fundraising committee for their efforts and support.”

“The money will go to support the running of our branch in Kingston and our work in the community, from universities/colleges to local rail stations and beyond.”

Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth said:

“Creative Youth was honoured to have been chosen as one of the Mayor’s charities in 2018/2019 and we can’t thank Councillor Thay Thayalan, the Mayor’s office, all at RBK and in the community enough for supporting us.”  “It was also a huge pleasure to have shared the stage with two other significant, and rather brilliant charities undertaking work for the benefit of Kingston’s residents.” “The money raised in the year is magnificent and truly a team effort and will certainly assist with Creative Youth’s aims enormously.”

This year’s Mayor, Cllr Margaret Thompson, will be supporting: Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and Oxygen. To find out more about the Mayor and her charities visit https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200233/your_mayor.