AS a town mayor, the long list of civic engagements can mean only one thing – an endless stream of tea or coffee.
But the rivers of brewed drinks offered to current Mayor of Chesterfield Cllr Keith Morgan were turned into an inspired fundraising idea – as people were given the chance to guess how many cups he drank on official duties.
Last week the correct number – a sloshing 288 – was revealed, with resident Catherine Gerard announced as the closest guess at a nail-biting 286.
She won a tour, tasting experience and lunch at Northern Tea Merchants while the event has helped raise cash for the mayor’s two charities.
“It just grew from a very simple idea and has raised quite a lot of money for good causes all through the year,” said mayoress Pat Morgan, who kept a weekly tally of the mayor’s hot drinks then totted them up.
“The mayor didn’t even know how many he had drunk until today.
“I kept a tally and we invited a few people who were in the right area to Northern Tea Merchants – but Keith’s drinks up until the announcement still counted.”
The mayor’s chosen causes are paying towards specially adapted play equipment in a special activity garden at disabled children’s charity Fairplay, a cause also backed by the Derbyshire Times, and the Samaritans.
His cup appeal also involved tea or coffee events organised by the civic office and residents. Limited edition cups designed by ceramic artist Claire Gage have also been sold to boost the fund.
And the power of a hot drink has proved potent – as it is hoped that around £1,000 has been raised. A couple of the special cups are still available from the mayor’s office on (01246) 345239.
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