At a busy Annual Meeting of the Council on Wednesday 15th May 2019, the outgoing Mayor, Councillor John Clark, took a moment to thank Councillors, friends and family for their support during his year in office.
Councillor Clark had carried out various events over the past twelve months to raise funds for the Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group and was pleased to present a cheque to them for £2415.00. The group’s Chairman, Allison White said, “I would like thank our 2018/2019 Mayor, Councillor John Clark, for choosing our charity, also to everyone involved in organising the fundraising events as well as those who came along to support us.”
“Over the last 6 months our group has grown significantly so the money raised by the Mayor will help so much, it will be spent on the services we provide that are vital to a cancer patient such as Patient Transport to get them to hospital for their Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, also it will go towards social outings during the summer months so we can help those isolated who never go out. On average we have between 35 and 45 attend our monthly meetings but we have over 100 other members that at present just need help and support and are too poorly to come to the group, however, if well enough they do then start coming along. At least they know that they are not alone.”
Councillor John Clark said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me during my Mayoral year. Town Clerk Andrew Bailey, Sharna, Christine and all the staff at GATC. All the councillors who have attended functions and donated prizes to help raise a fantastic sum for the Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group and not forgetting my partner and consort Bernardette Moore. I wish the incoming Mayor every success in the coming year.”
Councillor Mrs. Mary Dalton was selected as Mayor for the 2019 – 2020 year and thanked the Council for her election. Councillor Wendy Hillary was appointed as Deputy Mayor.
Mary announced that her nominated charity for her year in office will be SSAFA.