Former Chair Of Cumbria County Council Presents Thousands To Local Charities

A former Chair of the County Council has presented two local charities with funds raised during her tenure.

Councillor Christine Bowditch has presented a fantastic total of £3,375.95 to Carlisle Mencap and People First Independent Advocacy.

David Blacklock (Chief Executive of People First), Cllr Christine Bowditch, and Kieran from People First’s Hospitality Academy

The money was raised during her two years as Chair of Cumbria County Council from 2019-2021.

Councillor Christine Bowditch said: “I am delighted that I have finally been able to present my chosen charities with the money raised during my time as Chair.

“It was a privilege to be in a position to raise money for two incredible charities which as a parent of a child with severe learning disabilities on the autism spectrum are very close to the hearts of me and my family.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who showed support, fundraised, donated and raised awareness of these charities during my two years as Chair.

“I remain blown away by your generosity and know first-hand how appreciated and beneficial this money will be to them, particularly after a difficult few years.”

The former Chair presented cheques to her chosen charities after previously postponing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year the incoming Chairman of the County Council nominates one or more charities for which they promote and fundraise for during their term of office.

Councillor Bowditch, who served an additional year as Chair during the COVID-19 pandemic, chose to support Carlisle Mencap and People First to help make a difference for those with autism and learning disabilities and their families.

Carlisle Mencap provides life-long person-centred support for people with learning disabilities and their families in Cumbria.

People First Independent Advocacy supports people with learning disabilities to have their voices heard and improved independent living opportunities.

The money was raised throughout Councillor Bowditch’s two civic years thanks to a number of fundraising events including the daring ‘Fab-seiling for Others’ abseil event, successful bake sales by council apprentices, Christmas jumper days, sponsored walks and other generous donations.