THE ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool’s charity fund has topped £25,000 for the year thanks to a generous donation from a Muslim group.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher was given £500 by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association when its North-East president, Rashid Amini, and colleagues met with various Hartlepool borough councillors during a visit to the town’s civic centre.
The Muslim charity marked its centenary with a number of fundraising events around the country.
It also made numerous donations to various mayors’ charities across the UK.
The association also presented the mayor with an English translation of the Holy Qur’an and two books for every Hartlepool councillor.
Mr Amini said: “We are delighted to make these presentations.
“We love Hartlepool and its people, and are committed to doing everything we can to help the local community and to spreading the word far and wide about the town’s achievements.”
Councillor Akers-Belcher said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome the association to the civic centre and I thank it very much for its generous donation and kind gifts.
“What makes Hartlepool great is its diversity, people of different backgrounds and beliefs, all with a shared wish to do their very best for the town and its residents. This is a very great strength.”
Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher’s chosen charities this year are Macmillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.