COLUMN: Mayor thanked for boosting cancer centre appeal

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Back in early 2016 I received a phone call telling me our Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre Appeal had been chosen as one of his Mayoral charities.

I had previously met the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield Councillor Steve Brunt and Jill Mannion-Brunt, showing them around the hospital and explaining how the new unit will have a fantastic impact on the local community.

In my role it is often the case that I highlight our cause to local people, groups and businesses – and then keep my fingers, toes and everything crossed that amongst all the worthy causes we are chosen.

It’s always a great moment to that kind of call for anybody who works or supports a charity, but this was fantastic news as both the mayor and mayoress would help us in their role to spread the word in the community about was happening, inspiring others to support our cause.

The Mayor’s Appeal has a truly great mix of people who form the fundraising committee. It is the first time I’ve worked and indeed met many of them, and the time and effort they put in is incredible.

So far, I’ve counted more than 30 different functions and events organised by the team, which if you think about all the time and hard work that goes into organising the event, displays the dedication of the team.

To give you an idea, the committee has organised an evening with cricketer Matthew Hoggard, a 40s and 50s fish and chip night, carol singing, a golf day, quiz nights and many more.

As the mayor’s year draws to a close, I did just want to draw attention to two events which you are welcome to join us at, as we show our support for him.

A beer festival will be held on April 7 and 8, as part of the Mayor’s Appeal farewell. It will take place at the Market Hall Assembly Rooms in Chesterfield, where 35 beers and six ciders will be on sale plus Davidsons’s Cheese Factor.

It will run from 5.30pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday evening and 11am to 4pm during Saturday.

Tickets are £5 and are available from The Tourist Information Centre, Chesterfield Arms, Real Ale Corner, Derby Tup, Arkwright Arms, Britannia Inn and Beer Parlour and on the door subject to availability.

The mayor’s ‘Mammoth Quiz’ will also be held in April. If you are local pub, social club, working men’s club or society – then we’ve prepared a special quiz for you to do. We send you some questions, fundraising ideas and a pack – then all you do is host a quiz. You pick a day and invite people to take part.

For more information on these events or about Macmillan visit: macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved, call 07545419725 or email rturner@macmillan.org.uk.