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The Chair of the Council’s charities

The Chair’s fund was established by the former Chair of Council, Councillor Rudi Springer, on taking office in May 1998 as he wanted a focus for collecting funds for locally-based charities.  Each year the new Chair of Council chooses which charity or charities he or she wishes to support.  Any donations received during that year are presented to the charity or charities at the annual council meeting.

South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Fund 2019/20

This year’s Chair of Council, Cllr Brian Allinson, has chosen the Great Western Air Ambulance and Patchway Memory Café as the charities he will be supporting during his year in office.

Previous Chair’s Funds

Chair’s Fund 2018/19

Cllr Rachael Hunt chose domestic abuse charity Next Link and Freewheelers Blood Bikes as her supported charities. During her year in office, £2868.04 was raised.

Chair’s Fund 2017/18

Cllr Ian Blair chose Borderlands and Off the Record as his supported charities. During his year in office, £1,630 was raised.

Chair’s Fund 2015/17

Councillor Erica Williams supported both The Avon Valley Railway in Bitton and the Wild Place Project at Cribbs Causeway. Just over £7461.42 was raised through a variety of fundraising events.

Chair’s Fund 2014/15

Councillor Howard Gawler raised a total of £5,629 through a variety of fundraising events – including a charity skydive – which went to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) and the Hosanna Primary School Support Group based in Yate which helps children at a school in Kampala, Uganda.  Councillor Gawler will personally double the amount raised, which with Gift Aid would take the total to an estimated £13,000.

Chair’s Fund 2013/2014

Councillor Ian Boulton, raised a grand total of £4,130.22 during his term of office.  This was shared equally between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital and the Bristol Aero Collection, £2,065.46 for each charity.

Chair’s Fund 2012/2013

In 2012/13 Councillor Janet Biggin, raised a total of £4,873.20 for her chosen charity, Heart FM’s Have a Heart Charity supporting Childline.

Chair’s Fund 2011/2012

The Chair of Council for 2011/12, Councillor Mike Drew, raised over £11,000 for his chosen charity, GAFSIP – Gambia & Avon Fire Services in Partnership

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