A benevolent Burnley councillor has handed over a “magnificent” total of £32,000 to charity.
Coun. Charlie Bullas helped generated the huge sum during his year as the Mayor of Burnley.
Half of the money went to Pendleside Hospice and the rest was divided up among 20 lucky charities.
Youth groups including The Boys Brigade, The Burnley Boys and Girls Club and the Burnley ATC benefitted from the cash.
Veterans charities including the Burnley and Padiham Branch of the Royal British Legion, Gordon Birtwistle’s Hospital Scanner Appeal and Building Bridges in Burnley were also given a share.
The long-running Coal Clough and Deerplay Ward councillor said it was a huge honour to be able to support charity organisations in Burnley.
He said: “It was a wonderful year being able to raise the magnificent funds that we did working with the Mayoress’s Committee.
“We said we wanted to keep any money we made in the borough and give it to organisations that help families.
“It was nice to be able to do something to make a difference. The charities were over the moon with the money.”
Reflecting on his year as Mayor of Burnley, he added: “It was a wonderful year on a personal level with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic torch coming to town.
Christina Cope, fund-raising manager at Pendleside Hospice, said “We are deeply grateful to Councillor Bullas and Mrs Bullas, all the committee and local people who contributed to this exceptional donation to hospice funds. We say to them please accept our congratulations for making a real difference to the lives so many local people”