Newcastle-under-Lyme Mayor will end on a high after successful charity ball

The ‘Greatest Charity Ball’ a huge success for Newcastle-under-Lyme Mayor Gill Heesom as she prepares to step down 

Gillian Heesom (front left) with consort & husband John Heesom (front right) with representatives from the D Company Corps of Drums Army Cadet Force (ACF)and Cross Heath Detachment D Company ACF

Current Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Gill Heesom will ride out her reign on a high after celebrating a massive fundraising effort for her two chosen charities: The Royal British Legion and mental health charity The Lyme Trust. 

Councillor Heesom, who will remain as Mayor until mid-May 2019, has raised a staggering £8,600 for the two charities following her Greatest Charity Ball which was held at Keele Hall in April. 

The military-themed ball follows a year of successful fundraising for her charities after she was elected as Mayor in 2018. 

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Guests were treated to drums and pipes and a drinks reception, dinner, The Greatest Showman themed entertainment and disco. The ball was attended by various civic heads, the Deputy Lieutenant and his wife as well as local businesses,representatives from my charities, family, friends, local councillors and the public. 

“My charities are the Royal British Legion and The Lyme Trust who both work with vulnerable armed forces veterans, serving armed forces, or their families in the area,” she said. “Until recently I was the Staffordshire Welfare Case Officer for TRBL and have first hand experience of how local people have been supported by these organisations.

Gillian Heesom with husband & consort John

“Their casework involves debt, mental health, employment support, homelessness and benefits advice to name a few of the services that vulnerable people can access. I was previously an Army Welfare Case Officer and am an army veteran myself. I have been on operational deployment and have worked with individuals and their families who have been affected by this.

“These charities are near to my heart and I have first hand experience of their work with vulnerable individuals and families.

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“With the match funding from Santander we raised £8600.00 for my charities at the Ball. The full figure for fund raising will not be known for the year until I finish but I am hopeful it will be a good amount.”

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