Outgoing ceremonial mayor helped raise £118,000 for Hartlepool charities

Stephen Akers-Belcher with hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall in the sensory garden
Stephen Akers-Belcher with hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall in the sensory garden
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Outgoing Hartlepool Ceremonial Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher raised over £118,000 for a host of local charities and good causes during his time in office.

The massive amount raised over the last three years beats all previous civic fundraising records.

Coun Akers-Belcher organised an extensive programme of events including community fun days, ghost hunts, Burns Night celebrations, golf days, a boxing match and best cake contest. He also reinstated formal events such as the annual Civic Dinner.

Individuals, businesses and community groups added their weight by helping to run the events or donating cash.

In 2012-13 he supported The Belle Vue Youth Project, Central Correctors, Hartlepool Young Carers, NYPD (Nurturing Young People’s Development), The Phoenix Funsters, The Rifty Youth Project and The Wharton Annexe.

For 2013-14 he helped Macmillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust. And in 2014-15 he backed the RNLI, Hartlepool Hospice, the Great North Air Ambulance and Miles For Men.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “The main reason I was keen to be Chairman and then Mayor was the opportunity it gave me to raise as much money as possible for the benefit of the town. The fundraising has been a wonderful experience and I am so very grateful to everyone who gave their time, effort and money to help achieve such a fantastic total.”