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Friday, June 17, 2016

Mayor of New Forest

Councillor Alison Hoare has been elected the new chairman of New Forest District Council (NFDC) and was handed the chain of office at the annual meeting of the council on Monday 18 May. Her vice-chairman is Councillor Goff Beck.

Cllr Hoare said: "I feel privileged to be given the position of chairman and I am very much looking forward to representing the council and meeting people across the New Forest during my civic year.

"I will do my utmost to support and raise the profile of local organisations and charities. I have chosen two charities to support during my time as Chairman, Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington and the Firefly Orphanage in Nepal. We are incredibly lucky to be served by such a wonderful organisation as Oakhaven and I am sure I will have the support of people across the district in raising funds for their remarkable work.

"I have also chosen to support the Firefly Orphanage because I felt that I could not ignore the devastating impact of the two recent earthquakes in Nepal. The orphanage cares for children who have been orphaned or abandoned and educates them, ensuring they have a future. The earthquakes have dramatically increased the numbers of children they need to care for and their two orphanages have also been damaged. I strongly feel that this organisation deserves our support."

Alison was born and raised in Portsmouth where she attended Portsmouth Southern Grammar School for Girls. On leaving school in 1981 she completed her nurse training at Southampton University Hospitals, specialising in orthopaedics. Alison worked on the trauma wards at Southampton before moving in 1998 to Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital in Alton to take up the post of ward sister.

Following her marriage in 1989 and the arrival of her now grown up daughters, Alison gave up work in 1991 and joined her local play group committee as their fundraiser. She then returned to nursing once her youngest child started school and left the profession in 2006 to become an assessor in dementia care, infection control and medicine administration for Eastleigh College until 2013.

Alison was elected to New Forest District Council in 2007 and serves as a ward member for Marchwood. She has chaired both the housing review panel, and planning development control committee.

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