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Thatcham mayor ends year with charity donation

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Hospital unit collects £2,785 at grand finale as Lee Dillon says thanks to helpers

LEE Dillon ended his mayoral year by handing over the money he had raised over the past 12 months to his chosen charity.

The cheque, for £2,785.12, was presented to a trustee of The Friends of the Charles Clore Unit, Michele Walker, at a community reception held last week.

The unit, based at West Berkshire Community Hospital, specialises in caring for and supporting patients with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

Mr Dillon said: “Being based at West Berkshire Community Hospital, it is local people who benefit from the excellent service it provides.”

The money was raised at various events, such as the Festival of Arts and Leisure, Thatcham Family Fun Day and Junior Fun Run in the Field and various competitions.

Mr Dillon held his community reception at the Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Bradley-Moore Square, to thank all the people who had helped him during his year, including fellow councillors, representatives from town organisations and charities and Newbury MP Richard Benyon.

The chairman of Thatcham Fairtrade Town Status Campaign, Will Fletcher, was presented with a Thatcham Town Council partnership badge in recognition of his work.

Mr Dillon said that his year had been fun as he had taken part in many different activities and that, as mayor, he was far more exposed to what was happening in the town.

He will hand over the reigns to a new mayor, who will be announced on Sunday, May 15 .

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