THE MAYOR’S CHARITIES
The Town Mayor chooses local causes to support with their fundraising efforts over the course of their Mayoral year and will host a variety of fundraising events to raise funds for their chosen charities. All fundraising events are open to all, and all have the dual aims of providing a great community event whilst raising as much money for the good causes as possible.
Cllr Stewart Gardiner will be raising funds for the Knutsford Branch of two national charities close to his hear.
Stewart chose the Royal British Legion as he hails from Aldershot, home of the British Army; but more personally if it was not for the skill of the Royal Army Medical Corps’ doctors and the care from the Queen Alexandra’s nurses on duty at the Louise Margaret Hospital in late February 1964 neither he nor his mother would be alive today. So, this is his way of saying thank you to them for the gift of my life.
His second charity is the St Vincent de Paul Society; despite being a Catholic Stewart and having heard reference to the SVP over many years it was only after he moved to Knutsford that he became aware of their work. He was approached a few years ago to join in their efforts locally but felt that he did not have enough time to make another commitment. So instead is using his position as Mayor to directly help them raise funds.
KNUTSFORD ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 and provides financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.
KNUTSFORD ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St Vincent de Paul Society was set up in 1835 by Antoine Frederic Ozanam; a French historian, lawyer, and scholar; some 2 years after he and fellow students at the Sorbonne organized a Conference of Charity to help the poor.
The local SVP is a group of people based at St Vincent’s Church in Knutsford who in addition to providing financial assistance to those in need also give of their time; visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction; recognising that person-to-person contact and spending time with people is perhaps our greatest gift.
THE MAYOR’S AUTUMN BALL
A fantastic evening of fun and you are invited to Join The Mayor to eat, dance and be merry while supporting The Mayoral Charities.
We are preparing for the biggest night of fun in 2021 so far! The Mayors Ball will be held at The Mere Golf Resort on Saturday October 9th. On the night guests will be given a red carpet welcome while a brass band plays to get you into the party spirit. There will be entertainment from close up magician, Magic by Carl, and the music we will all be dancing to will be provided by Fun Time Frankie’s band plus a D.J provided by Ice Entertainment.
The legendary ‘Up, Up and Away’ balloon pop will feature during the evening, and as always, there is a fantastic fundraising raffle with prizes donated by supportive local businesses. Local professional photographer, Tessa Carroll will also be there to take photos of the evening and capture the fun.
The Mayor would like to thank the local businesses that are supporting his fundraising by sponsoring the event and donating prizes to the raffle.
The charities that will benefit from the evening are The Knutsford Branch of The Royal British Legion and The Knutsford Branch of The St Vincent Du Paul Society. Both of which do excellent work with people in need in Knutsford.
Tickets are £48 per person which includes a glass of fizz on arrival, a 3 course meal, tea and coffee and all the entertainment mentioned above. They are available to reserve now by contacting Civic Events Officer, Michelle Bate email@example.com