Civic charities announced by mayor

SP90019 Chesterfield New Mayor and Mayoress Peter and Jean Barr.
SP90019 Chesterfield New Mayor and Mayoress Peter and Jean Barr.

THE new Mayor of Chesterfield has revealed his civic charities.

Cllr Peter Barr’s fundraising will help buy specialist equipment and furniture for Ashgate Hospice with 20 per cent also boosting the coffers of the Nenna Kind cancer drop-in centre at the town’s market hall.

The centre – run by parents who lost their child to cancer – offers advice, counselling or therapy and is looking to find bigger premises.

“Many families know somebody who has been in the hospice,” said Cllr Barr, the 371st town mayor.

“We do know those who have been to Ashgate, received good care at a very personal level and really appreciated it.”

A recent debate in the Derbyshire Times’ letters page, about the effectiveness of volunteers, also affected the decision.

Retired dad-of-two Cllr Barr, who represents Linacre ward, added: “Ashgate Hospice responded that they weren’t crying wolf, they needed so much money to continue, and that clinched it.”

A dramatic election that saw Chesterfield Borough Council switch from Liberal Democrat to Labour control meant the mayor-in-waiting Mick Bagshaw lost his seat – and Cllr Barr took over the chains instead.

Said Cllr Barr, “Yes, it was a surprise because we were hoping that the deputy mayor would get re-elected.

“The morning after I was re-elected I was down at the B2net for the Young Enterprise Innovations Awards.”

And despite being thrown in the deep end for a hectic period of engagements, Cllr Barr is looking forward to his year in office.

“I like meeting people because I was a sales engineer working in manufacturing and always going around meeting people assessing their requirements.

“Everyone says they enjoy it.”