The Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council presented a total of £1,920 to two local charities following a year of fundraising, as he was re-elected to serve as Chairman for a second year.
Cllr Derrick Haley has visited the Museum of East Anglian Life where he presented a cheque for £960.
Jenny Cousins, Director of the Museum of East Anglian Life said: “We are grateful to the Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council for choosing the Museum as one of his charities. The donation of £960 will be used towards our new Heritage Farm exhibit, which will be created at the museum this winter. We will be planting a new orchard and showcasing plants and animals which have been at the centre of food production in the region. The donation will allow us to continue our innovative work with local communities as the largest independent museum in Suffolk.”
This follows Cllr Haley's earlier visit to Suffolk Family Carers at their Claydon headquarters to donate £960 from his fundraising activities during the last year.
Kirsten Alderson, Chief Executive of Suffolk Family Carers said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the chosen charity by Mid Suffolk District Council Chairman, who has raised £960 for our Young People’s Service. This money is invaluable to us, enabling us to do so much more with our young carers. In particular, this sum will help us run our Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, which we are doing this year for the first time. This directly supports 14 young carers who will learn vital skills, build confidence and self-esteem and have a break from their caring roles.”
Cllr Haley was re-elected to serve for a second year as Chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council at the annual council meeting last Monday. For the coming year, Cllr Haley will be supporting Suffolk Mind.
Cllr Haley, said: “It is a huge privilege to be re-elected to serve Mid Suffolk as Chairman for a second year. Through my fundraising in this role, I have already had the opportunity to support two outstanding charities in Mid Suffolk: the work of Suffolk Family Carers across Suffolk transforms thousands of lives every year, while the Museum of East Anglian Life not only perseveres local history but also gives so many people the chance to learn, volunteer and give back to their community. It was a pleasure to meet the teams who make both organisations work, and I know these funds will be going to support people across Suffolk. Mental health awareness and support is another important cause and I will be highlighting and supporting the vital work of Suffolk Mind during the next year.”
Fundraising Manager at Suffolk Mind, Carole Thain said: “We are absolutely delighted that Councillor Haley has chosen to support Suffolk Mind over the coming year. We are grateful for the support and also the opportunity to work together and help raise further awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the community.”