A FORMER Burnley Mayor has hailed the generosity of the town’s people after handing over a cheque for £27,855 to Pendleside Hospice.
Coun. David Heginbotham and his wife Joan raised the money during their mayoral year, which ran from 2011 - 2012, and he said they were both “over the moon” with the amount they handed over.
“We didn’t set a target,” he said. “We just chose the charity and got on with it. Joan has worked as a volunteer at Pendleside Hospice for 12 years and it’s a wonderful charity.
“Nobody knows when they are going to need the hospice but it is always there. It’s a great asset for the area. They were very happy with the amount we raised.”
Various events throughout the year helped contribute towards the total including the Mayor’s Ball, Towneley Live and the Burnley Rock and Blues Festival.
Coun. Heginbotham said although the fund-raising was non-stop from start to finish it was also a lot of fun.
“Fund-raising can be a lot of fun if you make it that way. We held so many events during the year and one of the best things was all the lovely people we got to meet.
“We are so grateful to all the people who helped us and all the people who donated money. The people of Burnley are very, very generous and when it comes to charity they are always there ready to help.”
GREAT JOB: The Mayor and Mayoress in 2011-2012, Joan and David Heginbotham, present David Brown and Christina Cope with the final amount raised for Pendleside Hospice.