Burnley civic couple raise £30,000 for charities

The Mayoress of Burnley Mrs Irene Bullas holds a thankyou dinner for members of her committee at Towneley Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons
The Mayoress of Burnley Mrs Irene Bullas holds a thankyou dinner for members of her committee at Towneley Hall.'Photo Ben Parsons

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley are heading for a record- breaking year of fund-raising.

More than £28,000 has been raised to date and with several more events to go, the fund is likely to reach the £30,000 total by the end of the Mayoral year next month.

At a special dinner to say thank you to members of her fund-raising charity committee the Mayoress, Mrs Irene Bullas, said she had had an outstanding year with the fabulous total raised being the icing on the cake.

The dinner was held in the Regency Room at Towneley Hall and the Mayor, Coun. Charlie Bullas, was a special guest.

The Mayoress’s Committee has spent a particularly busy year holding dozens of events for the Mayor’s appeal which will support Pendleside Hospice and other local community charities.

The committee presented gifts to the Mayor and Mayoress and the secretary, Mrs Ida Carmichael and treasurer Mrs Diane Ireland received gifts and flowers for all their hard work. The civic couple also presented each member with a small mantel clock with the Burnley Borough Council crest as a memento of their year.

Among the year’s events had been a golf day, a trip to London, two ladies’ lunches, a sponsored run, walk and swim, and a name a pig competition. Bag packing, a flower arranging evening, a race night, candle party and lots more all added to the fun and fund-raising.

Committee members also became shopkeepers when they opened a temporary charity shop in Manchester Road.

The Mayor and Mayoress will stand down on May 15th, when Coun. Frank Cant and his wife Gillian will become the new first citizens.