UTTOXETER’S outgoing mayor has signed off after raising a record amount for a host of worthy causes.
Hugh Montgomery was forced to hang up his mayoral chains early when he had to have a triple heart bypass at the turn of the year.
But he still managed to donate more than £5,000 to his chosen mayoral charities.
Youth Emotional Support Services (YESS), the Heath Drop-in Centre and the Fleur de Lys Foundation have all benefitted from £1,600 from mayoral fund-raising events.
Other charities in and around town, including Art and Soul Friendship Group, have also received donations.
Councillor Montgomery said he is proud of the people of Uttoxeter for supporting events including the civic service and charity dinner and the last night of the proms.
He said: “It’s absolutely wonderful that we’ve managed to raise such a great total for these brilliant causes.
“YESS are totally self-funded and offer a service that no-one else inside or outside of Uttoxeter does.
“The Youth Drop-in Centre is an incredibly valuable resource for Uttoxeter and helps keep young people off the streets and learning new skills.
“The Fleur de Lys Foundation will put the cash towards a centre for abused children in conjunction with Birmingham Children’s Hopsital.
“I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed to the total and will continue to fully support the new mayor, Karen Haberfield, in her year of fund-raising.”
Councillor Montgomery is ‘recovering well’ after his operation and has thanked everyone who sent him good wishes.
He said: “I’m gradually getting better and am now a bit more mobile and can get out and about.
“I’m still doing cardio work to build up the strength of my muscles again.
“I was overwhelmed by all the good wishes people sent me after the operation.
“It was quite humbling to know so many people in the town were thinking of me during a really difficult time.”