Mayor’s delight at charity night

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THE Mayor’s charity night in Eastwood raised over £2,000.

To mark the end of his year in office town Mayor Cllr Brian Griffin threw a bash last weekend to raise money for his two chosen charities, the Cleft Lip and Palette Association (CLAPA) and the Samantha Dixon Brian Tumour Trust.

More than 300 people turned up to the party at the town’s Hayley Conference Centre for a night of entertainment and prize give-aways.

Cllr Griffin said he was ‘overwhelmed’ after the event.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” he said.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a wonderful outcome. Everyone has been so kind and supportive, particularly family and friends.”

Nottingham’s Lord Mayor Cllr Brian Grocock, Mayoress Judith Grocock and five of Eastwood’s past Mayors were among the special guests.

Eastwood Collieries Male Voice headed up a packed programme of entertainment which included cabaret singer Howard Williams and the 1940s dancers, the Lindy Hoppers.

More than 20 auction prizes were handed out including a television, vouchers for several Eastwood shops, Nottingham Forest tickets and a trip to France.

Cllr Griffin chose the Samantha Dixon Brain Tumour Trust because his wife, Janet, sadly died of a brain tumour four years ago.

He chose CLAPA because his friends Matt and Lucy Drew have a daughter called Maisie who was born with a severe cleft palette.

Cllr Griffin said: “Losing someone dear to you is traumatic and being able to give something back to those whose care and expertise in difficult times eases the burden is particularly rewarding.”

The Mayor will end his term in office in May.

“It’s been an excellent year,” he added.

“I’ve met so many people at functions, young and old. I’ve presented prizes for music, been to art festivals and all sorts. It’s been tremendous.

“I said at the beginning of the year I wanted to be a people’s person and I have achieved that.”

Cllr Griffin wants to thank everybody who donated to the auction and to the conference centre for the room.