The Mayor is the Borough’s ‘First Citizen’ and is elected annually by fellow councillors for one year at the annual meeting of the Council in May. The Mayor chairs the full meetings of the Council and normally takes a non-political role to ensure fair play.
In addition, the Mayor also represents the Council as the Civic Head of the Borough at official functions and attends approximately 400 events during the term of office. At functions in the Borough, the Mayor takes precedence over all other citizens. The only exception to this is when Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant are visiting the Borough.
Each Mayor supports nominated charities by organising various events to raise fund throughout the Mayoral Year. This year, the Mayor has chosen the following charities:
Countess Mountbatten Hospice
Tea, care, sympathy and so much more....
Countess Mountbatten House is a special place where people with life limiting illnesses, both in the hospice and our community, are cared for by a team that delivers 'over and above'.
Their catchment covers over 750,000 people and spans 460 square miles. The charity raises over £1 million every year to provide small pleasures like the booze trolley, newspapers and major items such as pain relieving mattresses and extra staff to ensure that patients and their families are cared for, supported and given the best experience at a very precious time.
They are launching a two million pound Capital Appeal to enhance the facilities further with a build that will join Countess Mountbatten House to The Hazel Centre (day care)
Eastleigh Carers Centre
The Eastleigh Carers Centre provides high quality information and support services for people looking after members of their families and friends. They provide ongoing one to one support, which includes everything from a friendly chat to supporting Carers with assessments, researching information on their behalf, problem solving, signposting or referring to other agencies for more specialist information. They support carers across the borough offering emotional support and training. They also run support groups in Eastleigh, Hamble, West End and Bursledon.
Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential through sport and active recreation. A Hampshire group is being set up and money I raise will go to help this new group.
If you would like to make a donation to the Mayor's Appeal, please make cheques payable to 'Eastleigh Borough Council' and send it to the Mayor at the above address.