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Charity cheques presented

27 June 2019 : Community

The last Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Catherine Herbert, has presented cheques to her chosen charities after a year of successful fundraising.

The Mayor’s Charities for the 2018/19 year were St Margaret’s Hospice, SURE, and the Taunton Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets.

The Mayor worked tirelessly throughout the year for her chosen charities raising their profile as well as raising funds.

Cllr Herbert said: “It was a real pleasure to promote these three good causes which benefit a wide cross section of the community. It was fascinating to learn more about the work of each charity and how they help and support people in Taunton and further afield.

I am delighted that so much money has been raised for them and would like to thank everyone who made a donation.”

St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of the community for over 38 years, delivering care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. More than 1,200 volunteers across the county help St. Margaret’s to care for patients and raise funds.

Area fundraising manager, Victoria Poole, said: “Our running costs are £10 million a year and we couldn’t do it without this kind of support. We depend on charitable donations and are grateful to the Mayor for making us one of her chosen charities.”

SURE the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment - was founded in 2000 to support provision of cancer services at Musgrove Park Hospital.

Fund raising activities are organised by a small team of volunteers who have all been victims of cancer or affected by the illness of a close friend or relative. For every pound donated to SURE in excess of 99.5 pence goes into the fund.

The Chair, Paul Alway said: “The big thing for us was the increased public awareness of the charity. It was good to get the recognition. The money will enable us to provide additional items to make the most of our equipment and improve the patient experience.”

The Taunton Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets give young people the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities including sailing, powerboating, kayaking, engineering, first aid, field craft and catering. They also provide valuable experience in life skills such as team work, self-development and self-belief.

Bob Watkins, the TS Roebuck Unit treasurer, said: “Like all charities we are self-funding. Everything we get is gratefully received, and is channelled back into services for the cadets helping them to develop new skills and gain new experiences. The more money we have the more opportunities we can provide for them.”

The cheque presentation was made at Mr Miles Tearoom in Taunton High Street, where the owner Colin Barrell, made a presentation of his own – a cheque for £350 raised through hosting the Mayor’s charity tea parties throughout her year in office.

Mr Barrell said: “It was a pleasure to support the Mayor by organising and hosting the tea parties. They were a great success and it was very pleasing that so many people supported the events.”