Mayor's £16,000 boost for Bracknell Age ConcernBy Hugh Fort
May 28, 2012
A charity looking after the borough’s older people is now £16,000 better off thanks to a year of hard work from Bracknell’s mayor in which he attended more than 300 engagements.
Councillor Chris Turrell chaired his last meeting as mayor of Bracknell Forest on Wednesday, May 16, and revealed he had raised £16,047 for Bracknell Age Concern throughout his year.
The chain has been taken over by Cllr Jennie McCracken, who has chosen the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance as her charity to support this year.
Cllr Turrell thanked the council for its support during the year and invited representatives from 1st Easthampstead Scouts, who helped him raise around £400 with a sponsored bag pack at Sainsbury’s in Bagshot Road, to the meeting.
He said: “It has been a challenging year for this council, which has included some very difficult decisions.
“One of the challenges faced was just over a month ago when the horrendous weather meant the organisers of Bracknell Half Marathon had to change the course at the last minute.
“I’d like to praise Chris Vaal and his team for the great work they did.He said it was the worst weather he had ever seen at the event.”
Cllr Turrell added: “It’s been a fascinating year for me.
“Diana and I have been to more than 300 events, and have learned how to get dressed into the mayoral clothes in a matter of seconds.
“I thank the council for letting me have this opportunity.”
Cllr McCracken, whose husband Cllr Iain McCracken will be her consort, has represented Great Hollands South since 2007.
Her deputy will be her fellow Great Hollands South councillor Cllr Jan Angell, whose consort will be her husband, Bullbrook member Cllr Bob Angell.
Cllr Mrs McCracken, who serves on a number of council committees including children, young people and learning overview and scrutiny panel, the education governor appointments committee and as chairman of the corporate parenting panel, said: “I’d like to pay tribute to Cllr Turrell and the mayoress, Ms Diana Henfrey, for their all their hard work during the last 12 months. I am really looking forward to the year ahead, meeting many of the borough’s residents, and volunteers in particular.
“I hope lots of people from across Bracknell Forest will support the many fundraising events we’ll hold throughout the year for my chosen charity, The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.”