Charities pick up tea and £7,200

Former mayor presents cheques to the charities he supported over the year. Deputy Mayor Cllr Christopher Spicer presents cheques to the charities he supported as mayor. During his year in office he helped raise �7,200. ''Fl: Centre of picture is Mike Nairn from CAB,  Deputy Mayor Cllr Christopher Spicer, Tony Curd of St John Suffolk.
Former mayor presents cheques to the charities he supported over the year. Deputy Mayor Cllr Christopher Spicer presents cheques to the charities he supported as mayor. During his year in office he helped raise �7,200. ''Fl: Centre of picture is Mike Nairn from CAB, Deputy Mayor Cllr Christopher Spicer, Tony Curd of St John Suffolk.

TWO good causes are more than £3,500 better off each after a year of mayoral fund-raising.

Christopher Spicer, Mayor of St Edmundsbury for 2011-12, chose the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) and St John Ambulance as his charities for his term in office.

Representatives from the two charities were at West Suffolk House last Thursday to have tea and pick up a cheque for £3,600 each.

Cllr Spicer said his personal connections to each charity had influenced his decision to choose them.

“I’ve been a trustee for CAB as a borough representative and my wife is chair of the St John Council for Suffolk.

“Fund-raising is so vital for the two groups, especially with local government grants drying up,” he said.

The money was raised at a series of events organised by the mayor throughout the year.

They included the Mayor’s Civic Service, a New Year’s Ball at The Apex, a Christmas carol service and a dinner at the Guildhall.

Cllr Spicer said the events ‘brought people together’ to raise money for the causes.

He is now serving as deputy mayor of St Edmundsbury, with Tim Marks serving as mayor for 2012-12.