Former Witney Town Mayor, Brenda Churchill has raised just over £2500 for her charity fund. In a break from tradition, rather than choosing to support one or two local charities, Brenda created a charity pot from which some of the town’s smaller charities and organisations were able to apply for small grants to benefit people in the town.
During her term of office, Mrs Churchill raised the money at various events including a quiz night with fish and chips, a charity fashion show hosted by M&Co, collections made at her carol service at St Mary’s Church and a photography exhibition by the talented members of Witney Photo Group. She also raised money from ticket sales to her Civic dinner.
Her charity fund was given a big boost by students of West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts who raised an incredible £1222.10p by making and selling cakes and charging a small fee for their Easter end of term performances (usually free to attend).
Brenda has expressed her delight with the amount raised for her fund and is thankful for the efforts of all those who helped raise money by putting on events or attending her own events.
Among those that have benefitted from the pot of money are:
- Guideposts Trust (£390.00)
- The Barrowers at Springfield School (£390.00)
- Witney Radio (£390)
- Witney Fire Brigade Heritage Trust (£390.00)
- Madley Park Resident’s Association (390.00)
- Witney Day Centre (£300.00)
- Witney Parkrun (£179.00)
- Volunteer Link-Up (£100.00)
- Witney Community Fridge (£50.00)
Brenda Churchill formally handed over the Mayoral chain to Cllr Duncan Enright at the Town Council’s annual meeting on May 15th. Cllr Enright, as new Mayor, is expected to announce his chosen charities in the next week or so.