Former mayor hands over charity cheques

The former Mayor of Pendle Coun. Nawaz Ahmed at the Light Up A Life Service of Remembrance at Pendleside Hospice
The former Mayor of Pendle Coun. Nawaz Ahmed at the Light Up A Life Service of Remembrance at Pendleside Hospice
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Three Pendle charities got a boost as Pendle’s Mayor and Mayoress for May 2015 – May 2016 handed over cheques to their chosen causes.

The three charities chosen by Pendle’s former Mayor and Mayoresses, Coun. Nawaz Ahmed, his wife Mrs Azmat Ahmed and daughter Uzma were Pendleside Hospice, The Royal British Legion (Nelson and District) and Help for Heroes.

Coun. Ahmed who completed his mayoral year in May said: “I had a very interesting year and I can’t believe it went so fast!

His final fund-raising event, an overnight vigil outside Nelson Town Hall, raised over £2,400.

Helen McVey, Pendleside Hospice’s Chief Executive said: “We’re very grateful for the donation which will be used for patient care which we provide free of charge to local people.

Janice Taylor, Treasurer for the Royal British Legion (Nelson and District) who attended the cheque presentation with Poppy Appeal leader Christine Sutcliffe, said: “Pendle’s Mayor has been a great supporter of the British Legion. It’s fantastic to get the donation, part of which will help us extend our offices in Barrowford.”

Fund-raising will continue with the new Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Rosemary Carroll and her friend, former Pendle councillor Carol Belshaw Goulthorp.

The Mayoress will lead fund-raising efforts for Pendle’s Samaritans, based in Nelson, Pendle Dogs in Need, Pendle Women’s Refuge and Homestart, a local charity supporting families of young children and teenagers in need.