Lord Mayor's charity fund tops £52,000

Lord Mayor and two men at event

Lord Mayor with Mark Cotton and Julian Tagg at the NCS programme - Credit: Submitted

Thousands of people in the Greater Exeter area will benefit from an amazing fundraising drive by the Lord Mayor of Exeter.

Cllr Peter Holland selected Exeter City Community Trust as his Lord Mayor’s charity of the year when he was appointed to the ceremonial position in 2019.

And thanks to the generosity of local people, through donations and fundraising, a massive total of £52,068.07 has been raised for Exeter City Community Trust, the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club.

Julian Tagg, chair of trustees, said: “We were so grateful to have been selected as the Lord Mayor’s charity and it has been a real pleasure to work with Peter and the team. We would like to thank everybody who donated or supported the Lord Mayor’s fundraising in any way, from the well-attended monthly coffee mornings in the Guildhall to the personal donations which were made. “We have been delighted to welcome Peter to our many events and he has been a true advocate and friend for our charity.”

During the pandemic, the charity adapted its services to support people with urgent food and medication deliveries. It also co-ordinated a huge holiday hunger campaign during the school holidays, arranging the delivery of food parcels to hundreds of families in need across the city. 

Cllr Holland, who has now come to the end of his tenure, was in post for an unprecedented two years because of the pandemic and the cancellation of last year’s elections.
He said: “When choosing my Mayoralty Charity I was keen that it should be local and involve supporting young people and the general wellbeing of the wider Exeter community.

“Exeter City Community Trust ticked all of these boxes.  As already said £52,068.07 was raised during my term of office. Whilst I cannot and will not take the credit for raising all of this money I was delighted to be a part of the team which did just that.”

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