Mayor’s charity reveals three organisations they’ll support this year

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Meeting a Darlek: Creating Memories founder Pritti Saggi (right) pictured making one child's dream come true. Image: Creating Memories
Meeting a Darlek: Creating Memories founder Pritti Saggi (right) pictured making one child's dream come true. Image: Creating Memories

The East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity, the John Bunyan Museum & Bunyan Meeting, and Creating Memories have been selected by the trustees of the Mayor of Bedford’s Charity for this municipal year.

Yesterday, the trustees heard that the Bedford Mayor’s Charity was set up by former mayor Frank Branston in June 2005.

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Trevor Roff, the mayor’s assistant, said its main purpose was to donate to arts and music. “Although he left the provision that other charities could be recognised,” he said.

“And interestingly, most of the charities that have been supported have been non-art and music. I think it’s great this year that there is an art and music recognition as that was the intention when it was created,” he said.

For the first time, the newly elected speaker of the council has been able to nominate a charity.

“In this case, councillor John Wheeler has nominated Creating Memories,” Mr Roff said.

  • The East Anglian Air Ambulance‘s specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots provide life-saving critical medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by air and road to medical emergencies in the fastest time possible.
  • Bunyan Meeting and the John Bunyan Museum and Library is a town centre Christian Church and museum serving as a historical and cultural centre of the community through the life of Bedford’s most famous son, John Bunyan.
  • Creating Memories helps relieve the suffering of children and adults who are affected by a life-limiting or terminal illness, by granting feasible wishes that are important to them and their families/carers and which will create memories to treasure forever.

A meeting will be held next year to determine how the year’s fundraising efforts will be divided amongst the three charities.

Additional reporting by
John Guinn, Local Democracy Service