During the year, Mayors generally raise funds for specific charities and choosing these charities, I can tell you, is not easy! We have so many causes that are worthy of support, but I have chosen two to support during my year.
The first is the 1st Torrington Scout Group. I, along with two fellow Councillors – Cheryl and Chenie – were welcomed along to speak to them about our position as Town Councillors and also to teach them a little about local government. I think Cheryl and Chenie will agree that their knowledge and enthusiasm was brilliant, they created posters to tell us what they like and what they’d like to see changed in Great Torrington and these were taken and shown at our Town Council Meeting. They were also invited up to our offices for their very own Council meeting, a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk were chosen and they debated various issues such as parks and the dairy site! They are a great group and I hope to support them in doing more activities and also going on bigger camp trips, something I know their leaders are keen on too.
My second charity for the year is the Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club. The club was formed in 2012 and has become a real part of Great Torrington, getting involved and doing demonstrations as well as holding competitions a few times a year, which bring people from across the county to our town. The boxing club has been instrumental in encouraging many young people to take up the sport and think more about exercise, which can only be a good thing. It has also had a positive impact on the mental health of some of the boxers and with mental health awareness being such a huge topic at the moment is something that I am very passionate about. It is something which needs more focus and attention given to it nationally, but if this club is able to help just one person feel better in themselves, then they deserve all the support they can get.
I will be trying to hold a wide range of fundraising events throughout the year and I hope you will all support me in raising money for these two great causes.