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.


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.


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.