Mayor’s Charity Committee rewards three deserving causes

Autism Bedfordshire
Autism Bedfordshire are one of the Mayor's chosen charities (photo taken before social distancing guidelines)

Three good causes in Bedford have each been awarded £1,000 funding by the Mayor’s Charity Committee.

Every three years, the Mayor’s Charity Committee selects three charities to benefit from fundraising events held by the Council. The current Mayor’s charities are Autism Bedfordshire, Bedford Sea Cadets and Foodbank Bedford.

Last November, these three charities were awarded £1,650, bringing the total money donated in the last twelve months to £2,650 for each charity.

The money was raised through the Mayor’s Concert, Council Carol Service and Bedford Floral Arts Society, as well as bake sales and dress down days at Borough Hall.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “I am extremely pleased to have been able to award £2,650 to Autism Bedford, Bedford Sea Cadets and Foodbank Bedford.

“Now more than ever, the charity sector needs to be supported to continue doing the great work they do every day.

“These three charities do great work with, and for, the residents of Bedford Borough. I know that the money we have been able to donate will help them to carry on helping others.”

The Mayor’s Charity Committee has also named the charities to benefit between 2020-2023. They are Bedford Open Door, Foodbank Bedford and SMART CJS.

Bedford Open Door provides free and confidential counselling to young people in Bedford Borough, aged 13-25.

Foodbank Bedford provide an essential service. It helps residents in Bedford Borough access food and support in times of crisis.

SMART CJS help residents in Bedford Borough who have complex needs.

They support those affected by drug and alcohol use take control of their lives and make a positive change.

These nominated charities are selected by the Mayor’s Charity Committee. Trustees select local charities they feel will benefit from the funding support.

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