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Over £16,000 raised for two charities by outgoing Mayor of Gedling

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Outgoing Gedling Mayor Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth will tomorrow present two charities with a cheque for over £16,000 after a successful year of fundraising during her time in office.

The £16,490.73 raised is set to be shared between The Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK Nottinghamshire’s Men in Sheds project.

Councillor Hollingsworth will present representatives from both charities with the cheque tomorrow (5) during a ceremony at the Civic Centre in Arnold.

Highlights of Councillor Hollingsworth’s fundraising events included the opening of the Daybrook Men in Sheds site and a special screening of the film Iris at the Bonington Theatre, telling the true story of novelist Iris Murdoch and her battle with Alzheimer’s.

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Cake sales, raffles, a quiz evening at the Richard Herrod Centre, a line-dancing flash mob in Arnold town centre and The Mayor’s Last Stand – a variety performance showcasing local talent at the Carlton academy – are just a snippet of things Councillor Hollingsworth organised during her time in office.

Age UK’s Men in Sheds project launched its Daybrook site, the first in Gedling, in March. The charity works to tackle loneliness and isolation in older men, by giving them a place to meet and make new friends, whilst learning new wood-working skills.

The Alzheimer’s Society provides information and support to anyone worried about or affected by dementia, as well as funding medical and social research and campaigning for a better quality of life for those living with the condition.  

Councillor Jenny Hollingsworth said: “I am delighted that so many groups and individuals, from across the Borough, supported my fundraising for two fantastic causes.

“My year as Mayor gave me a great opportunity to not only raise money, but also raise awareness of these important charities and the issues they address. I feel proud and privileged that so many people helped me to achieve such a large amount of money

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