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Mayor’s Christmas Fundraising Events

Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, is getting into the Christmas Spirit this next week with his fundraising events.

On Saturday 1 December we will be selling raffle tickets for £2 each at the Mayor’s Market Stall.  There is one prize and it’s a big one!   The winner will get over 100 prizes generously donated by all the stallholders at the Knutsford Christmas Market.  This prize really will ‘sort’ Christmas for the lucky winner.  Come and visit the stall on Princess Street (nr Silk Mill Street) and buy your ticket for a chance to win this amazing prize.  The winning ticket will be drawn by the Mayor at the Light Switch On at 6pm on the performance stage in Canute Place.

Our last fundraising event of the year is a fantastic festive visit and lunch at Tatton Mansion on Tuesday 4 December from 11am onwards.  Tickets are on sale now for £25 per person.  This includes the visit, a two-course festive lunch, coffee and free parking.  For more information visit: http://www.knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council/town-mayor/fundraising or contact the Mayor’s PA Annabel Irvine: 01565 653 929; Annabel.irvine@knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Cllr Peter Coan the Mayor said: “I have had a fantastic fundraising year so far having already raised £1300.  I do hope you will be able to support my Mayor’s stall as this usually raises a significant amount of money for my local charities.  Please join me for my festive lunch and visit at Tatton Mansion, which will be a fantastic Christmas event.”

 

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Record Amount Raised for Mayor’s Charities

At the end of his 12 months of fundraising, Knutsford Mayor, Cllr Neil Forbes, this week announced a record-breaking amount of £12,365 for his chosen charities: Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled, Knutsford Youth Orchestra and Knutsford Friendship Café.

Cllr Forbes has hosted three successful “Eat, drink and be merry” dinners at Pastiche, Brasserie Blanc and Giovanni’s.

Paula Lambe & Eve James from Knutsford Friendship Cafe with Cllr Neil Forbes

In August guests enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and tour of Tabley House. 

Despite the rain at Knutsford Christmas Market, it didn’t dampen the spirits for those wanting to Win Christmas and one lucky winner walked away with over 120 prizes from the stalls on the market.

Now a firm favourite in the Mayor’s fundraising calendar, the Mayor’s Annual Fun Pub Quiz was held at The Angel Hotel where over 150 quizzers in 20 teams battled it out to take the crown from last year’s winners.  The quiz was eventually won after a surprise “Pointless” finale by a team from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled.

The highlight of every Mayor’s year is the Mayor’s Charity Ball which, this year, was a glittering affair at The Courthouse.  With entertainment kindly sponsored by Fisher German, guests were treated to a caricaturist and close-up magic from Carl Royle during a sparkling reception then treated to a delicious 3-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Steven Tuke, after which guests hit the dancefloor. 

Hannah Sheldon, Abi Taylor, Kath Small, Anna Taylor, Tom Small, Harry Small from Knutsford Youth Orchestra with Cllr Neil Forbes,

With over 100 prizes on offer, all generously donated by local businesses, the evening started with a bang as guests popped helium balloons, inside which were vouchers for amazing nights out at restaurants, theatres and the cinema.  The first prize winner of the raffle was treated to Dinner Bed & Breakfast at Cottons, whilst the silent auction included a bespoke three-piece suit from Lloyd Hall and a golf day at Carden Park.  There was also a tombola with an array of prizes which proved popular with guests.

Added to that, there was also the generosity of the numerous table sponsors from a variety of local businesses which culminated in an amazing £7,400 being raised on the evening.

Cllr Neil Forbes said: “I am so pleased to have raised so much for our three local good causes.  All of this would of course have been impossible without the generosity of our local businesses matched only by that of the people who turned up in good numbers to support the events.  Thank-you all.”

Pamela Rigby & Jeanette Dixon from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled with Cllr Neil Forbes

The Mayor’s final event was “Mayor’s Speakeasy Big Band Night” with the Fish Lip Soup Big Band featuring guest vocalist Jenn Clempner.  The audience had a great night of popular music in the delightful setting of St John’s Church.

Jeanette Dixon from Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled said: “Mid Cheshire Riding for the Disabled have been extremely grateful to be chosen as one of the Mayor’s charities for the past year.  It costs us nearly £20,000 a year to provide riding activities and so support our riders.  The funds raised will be used towards the keep of our two ponies, Ted & Pip, without them we could not continue our work.  We provide riding for 94 disabled people each week.  We take part in a Therapy Tracker that helps record the changes and shows us that riders benefit in several areas, not only physically, but also in social relationships and in confidence.”

Sponsors and Supporters: Steve Crowther from Fish Lip Soup Big Band, Anne Dobie from Laytons, Jacqueline Forbes, Hugh Platt from Fisher German, Cllr Neil Forbes

Kath Small from Knutsford Youth Orchestra said: “This donation will help us to arrange for professional musicians from various orchestras to provide workshops to our children and help promote their knowledge.  It will give every child from KYO the chance to go and hear a professional orchestra/group.  We will be able to purchase 3 trombones and provide lessons to children who may not otherwise have learnt an instrument (we hope to be able to offer this on more instruments too).   We will also use it to offer free places in KYO to children who show musical potential. “

Paula Lambe and Eve James from Knutsford Friendship Café said: “We are extremely grateful to have been one of Mayor Neil Forbes’ three chosen charities over the last year and would like to thank everyone who has participated in whatever way towards the fundraising.  The money will go towards trips out for those who come to the café, increasing the number of café sessions held each month and continuing the music therapy which is so much enjoyed.  We will also invest in musical instruments as well as new games and activities.”

Notes to Editors: The total fundraising amount raised includes a matched funding amount of £1,250 from Barclays which has been given to the charities.  The amount shown on the cheques pictured excludes this amount.

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Mayor Presents Charity Cheques

Cllr Barbara Coan presents Cheshire Search and Rescue with their Cheque

Cllr Barbara Coan presents Cheshire Search and Rescue with their Cheque

After 12 months of fundraising Knutsford Town Mayor Cllr Barbara Coan presented her chosen charities Knutsford and District Lions Club and Cheshire Search and Rescue with £4,626.80 each in the last week of her Mayoral year.

Cllr Barbara Coan has organised a number of events to raise £9,253.60 for her chosen good causes beating the previous record of £6080. Events held included a meal at Don Giovanni’s, collections at the Artisan Market and Christmas Lights Switch on, a raffle at the Town Council Christmas Markets, a May Day Meal at the Rose N’ Crown Chop House and of course the highlight of the Mayoral year the Civic Ball at La Belle Époque which this year raised a record £5000, and at which an additional donation of £10,000 was made from Monckton Properties directly to Cheshire Search & Rescue.

Cllr Barbara Coan with representatives of the Knutsford Lions

Cllr Barbara Coan with representatives of the Knutsford Lions

Town Mayor Cllr Barbara Coan said “I am hugely thankful to the generous residents, businesses and visitors to Knutsford without whom I couldn’t have raised such an amazing amount of money for my charities. I would also like to thank the Councillors, Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Garner and my previous and current PA’s Helen Dytham and Lisa Benskin for their steadfast support throughout the year in my role as Mayor and for their invaluable assistance with the organisation of the Civic and fundraising events this year. Being a Knutsfordian through and through it has been a tremendous honour to be able to represent the Town as Mayor at the events I have attended, and I am overwhelmed that we have managed to raise so much money for my charities as a result of the community working together, which was one of my aims at the start of my Mayoral year. I am delighted that this has been the case.”

During the Mayoral year the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors have represented the Town at over 120 events.

Frances Miller President of the Knutsford & District Lions Club added “we are most grateful to the Town Mayor, Cllr Barbara Coan, for all her fundraising efforts throughout her Mayoral year, supporting both our club and Cheshire Search & Rescue. She has been very generous in her support for her two chosen charities and Knutsford & District Lions Club would like to convey its thanks and appreciation for the funds raised from these events. Monies will be invested in serving the local community and meeting the needs of individual hardship, providing a Christmas Day lunch for those on their own and staging the annual Lions Senior Citizens’ Variety Show.

Robert Davies MBE, Chairman of Cheshire Search and Rescue said “On behalf of Cheshire Search and Rescue Team I would like to say a big thank you to the Mayor of Knutsford and everyone involved in the fundraising events this Mayoral year. As a voluntary organisation, the team can only exist to support the community of Cheshire when people in the area commit to help us raise the necessary funds. Attending events such as those organised by the Mayor provide a great opportunity to promote our work and talk to people about why Cheshire needs a Search and Rescue team and exactly what it is we do. The funds raised from these events will be used to help keep the team mobile and able to respond quickly, for new equipment and training to enhance our water rescue capability and medical equipment all of which are vital to our operational capability.”

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