It’s the final fanfare from a year of fundraising – and Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor is hoping to go out on a high note.
Councillor Ronnie Wilson has been raising money to support four local good causes – Salford children’s holiday camp which provides holidays for local children, Singing with Dementia which offers free musical events to people living with dementia and their carers, the midwife-led Ingleside Birth Centre and the Ceremonial Mayor’s Community Chest.
The Community Chest provides grants to groups or individuals of up to £500 to help them realise an ambition or make a difference in their community and applications are open until Friday 26 April.
“Being Ceremonial Mayor is such an honour and privilege, but it’s important to give something back during your year of office and I’ve had a wonderful team supporting me to do that,” said Councillor Wilson.
“I chose the holiday camp because my father spoke so fondly of time spent there and I want future Salford children to experience the same fun and happiness. Singing with Dementia is a wonderful group which uses live music and songs which both people living with dementia and their carers really enjoy and the Ingleside Birth Centre is a fabulous new facility for our city.
“The Community Chest provides vital small grants to make a difference in the community so it carries on giving beyond the mayoral year. I’m hoping everyone will join in with the Big Band and help me end my fundraising on a high note.”
The Big Band Night, featuring the University of Salford’s Big Band directed by Tim France, will be held on Thursday 2 May at Swinton Park Golf Club, off the East Lancashire Road, Swinton, M27 5LX.
Organised in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Salford with Swinton, tickets are just £12 for entry and supper and there will be a raffle. Supper will be served at 6.45pm and the music begins at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Salford City Council, call 0161 793 2411 or 0161 793 3618 (members services) or Steve Fletcher on 0161 798 9250.