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Ex-Stourport Mayor donates money raised from year in office
7:30am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
LAST year’s Mayor of Stourport has donated £950 raised during his year in office to each of his chosen charities.
Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Gary Talbot has donated the money, raised from last year’s Stourport Carnival procession, Three Kings Parade, the mayor’s quiz night and mayor’s charity ball, to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mr Talbot said: “I’m extremely pleased. I wish it would have been more but I’ve been told by people that it’s a very good sum in these financial times.
“In the 1980s, I worked at Lucy Baldwin Hospital and it was being used to treat cases of dementia and Alzheimer's .
“There was a man who fought in the Great War at the Somme and a woman who was a nurse there. I thought raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society would be a tribute to these people.”
Mr Talbot chose the BHF after his father had a heart bypass at the age of 65 and is still “going strong”.
Clare Cassidy, volunteer fundraising manager for the BHF, said: “The BHF is very grateful to former Stourport Mayor Gary Talbot for raising £950 to help fund our fight against heart disease.
“We can only continue our life-saving work thanks to the very generous donations of the public. Sadly heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK but the BHF hopes to create a world where people do not die prematurely of heart disease.
“We will achieve this though our research, prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for heart patients.”
Anyone who would like to raise funds for the BHF should call 01562 740081 and for more information on the Alzheimer’s Society visit alzheimers.org.uk
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