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Local charities presented with funds raised during Chairman’s civic year

Local charities presented with funds raised during Chairman’s civic year

Chairman marks 10 months in the role with cheque presentation

The Chairman of Braintree District Council has presented cheques to two local charities having raised funds during her civic year.

So far, Cllr Vanessa Santomauro has helped to raise £2,808 which will be split between Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens Trust and Active Braintree Foundation.

John Wood from Active Braintree Foundation and George Canvin from Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens will be presented with the cheques from Cllr Santomauro at Full Council on Monday, March 25.

The money was raised throughout the civic year thanks to a number of events including the Chairman’s Charity Golf Day, Christmas wrapping, soup days, casual dress days at Braintree District Council and generous donations.

Cllr Vanessa Santomauro is the Chairman for 2018/19. Her civic year will come to an end on May 23. The next Chairman will be elected at the council’s AGM in May 2019 following the local elections.

Cllr Santomauro said “It has been an absolute pleasure to be Chairman. I have had the privilege of being part of so many civic and community events. I am delighted to be in a position to raise money for two fantastic charities. Active Braintree Foundation does wonderful work promoting health and activity in a fun and inclusive way and the Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens is a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. There are still two months left of my civic year and I am looking forward to raising more money for the charities. Next month I will be holding a fundraiser and world record attempt to create the world’s largest human image of a cup at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens.*”

John Wood said: “On behalf of Active Braintree Foundation I would like to thank Vanessa for selecting our charity in the first place. The money will be spent on increasing participation in sport and physical activity, for the benefit of health, across the district. The lack of people across the country doing appropriate levels of activity is creating real problems for the NHS and we all need to take responsibility to improve our own health. Braintree District Council has the brilliant Livewell and Livewell Child projects and has seen success in bucking the national trends by reducing inactivity but we cannot be complacent and must continue to drive home the message.”

George Canvin said: “Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens Trust is very privileged to have been nominated as one of the Chairperson’s benefitting charities. The amount raised is truly overwhelming and will go a long way towards the cost of maintaining the gardens to the horticultural high-standard we have come to expect. We wish to convey our thanks and appreciation to all the organisations and individuals who have participated in the many events organised by Councillor Santomauro.”

* More details about the fundraiser and world record attempt, to be held on April 28, will be available soon via: