Once again I am honoured and privileged to have been asked to take the Mayor and Mayoress of Cheltenham offical photograph, our new Mayor and Mayoress for 2012-2013 are Councillor Colin Hay and his wife Councillor Rowena Hay, may I wish them a very successfull and happy Mayoral year. It is traditional for the new Mayor to choose three local charities to support which are listed below, we hope the good people of Cheltenham will support them and there charities in there Mayoral year.

Mayor’s charities 2012/2013

Events in support of the mayor’s charities

The mayor’s charities

SevernFreewheelers

Severn freewheelers are a group of motorcyclists providing a free out-of-hours courier service for hospitals in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, North Wiltshire and Herefordshire. Using our 3, on-call BMWs (fully liveried in emergency colours with Blues and Twos) we carry anything from blood to X-rays and patient notes between hospitals in the area. Our hours are from 7pm in the evening to 7am the following day and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.

All riders are volunteers. All receive extra training in emergency response riding and go thorough a first aid course. In short, a professional team delivering a professional service, free to the NHS at the point of use.

We have covered 400,000 miles in the last 4 years. That’s to the moon and back. We have just completed our 11000th job so we are very busy! 400 calls a month!

Every penny required by the charity comes from the public, we have no central funding and it cost £40,000 a year to keep our 5 bikes (3 on -call, 1 back up, 1 for shows) on the road!

Friends of the Art Gallery and Museum

The Friends are a very special part of Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. We encourage, support and promote its work and activities in every way we can.

We act as a ‘Supporters Club’, spreading the word and generating enthusiasm and awareness in Cheltenham and in the wider world. We regularly support the purchase of individual items for the collections. We help raise money for major projects and the Art Gallery & Museum’s many cultural and educational activities.

This year marks a key moment in the development of our Art Gallery and Museum. The ambitious new building project will mean greater access to collections, an open archive, more community activities and an expanded educational programme. The Friends have pledged their support, both financial and in kind. We have made a promise to help raise revenue and to keep alive the flame of this central element of Cheltenham ‘s cultural life.

Whaddon, Lynworth and Priors Neighbourhood Project

Whaddon, Lynworth and Priors Neighbourhood project is a charity (incorporated in November 1997 and receiving charitable status in 1999) which aims to address community issues in the Oakley ward of Cheltenham. The services we offer have evolved over the years in response to changing needs, but the main objective of the project remains enabling local residents to help themselves and their community. In January 2008, the neighbourhood project took on the running of the Oakley Community Resource Centre in Clyde Crescent. The project works in 4 key areas, namely adult education (literacy, numeracy, IT, etc) advice (health issues, job club and debt management), youth (IT club, and various outreach projects) and volunteering (both within the project and in the wider community).