May I thank everyone who supported the collection around the street organ in Canterbury city centre on Saturday. Shoppers were generous in donating £1,072.95 to the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund, a charity that gives grocery parcels at Christmas in the name of the Lord Mayor to elderly, isolated and needy residents in our community. This year we have provided more than 500 grocery parcels and gift vouchers for some younger children. We need to raise about £15,000 to cover costs for the year.
We are grateful to the volunteers who assist us each year by collecting on our behalf at this street collection: The Lord Mayor and the Sheriff of Canterbury, councillors, council officers and members of the Canterbury Rotary Club, alongside Christmas Gift Fund committee members. Without their help we could not hope to raise the money we need. In the morning this year for the first time, alongside the street organ, we welcomed the band of the Princess of Wales who helped create even more festive spirit for the bustling shoppers. This is a local fund run by local people for the benefit of local residents and the many letters of thanks received by the Lord Mayor show just how much the gifts are appreciated.
There will be another opportunity to show your support for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund at the community carol-singing at 6.15pm on Christmas Eve, when we will hold a retiring collection. This event takes place each year in Rose Square with music from the Salvation Army Band. Do come along and join in this special event for all ages at the start of Christmas.
Chairman of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christimas Gift Fund
Herne Bay Gazette, December 11th 2014