Mayor of Wigan’s charity appeal receives another boost


The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Sue Greensmith, has thanked the Angers Twinning Association (ATA) for all their efforts in raising £405 for her charity appeal fund.

Members of the group were welcomed to the Mayor’s parlour by Councillor Greensmith to graciously accept the donation and talk about her fundraising throughout the last year.

The ATA has supported the Mayor’s Charity Appeal fund for the last seven years and started raising funds before Christmas.

One of the members makes and sells seasonal knitted novelties like knitted Christmas puddings, filled with a delicious, irresistible Ferrero Rocher chocolate, which are very popular for use as Christmas tree decorations.

Then at the annual ATA New Year Supper in January – the ATA boosts funds for the charity thanks to a raffle organised by Marjorie and Jim Latham, with prizes given by members.

This year the £405 will be going towards Mayor’s chosen charity, which for 2018 / 2019 is in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chorley.

Wigan Borough has been in partnership with the French town since 1988 and Councillor Greensmith visited the French town last year as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.

The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Greensmith, said: “It was a pleasure to meet members of the association and discuss links between the borough and Angers. I want to thank the ATA for all their hard work in raising the money for the appeal.”

Christine Doublet-Stewart, chairperson of the Angers Twinning Association, said: “We are happy to contribute to a really good cause and it was lovely to spend some time with the Mayor and hear about her charity appeal and visit to Angers last year.”