New Mayor picks children's charities for local fundraising efforts

Release Date: 17 May 2017

The 53rd Mayor of Richmond upon Thames and her deputy were formally announced last night, along with their chosen children’s charities.

Cllr Blakemore was first elected as a Councillor for North Richmond in 2010. Since then she was Deputy Mayor between 2012-13, held the title of Tenants Champion (between 2010-15) and since 2015 she has been the Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Health.

She has lived in the borough for ten years. She trained as a teacher and educational psychologist - working in the industry for a number of years. Following this, she specialised in autism and published a book in 2001 on the subject. After becoming a councillor she also became involved in a number of local charities and organisations – including Richmond Parish Lands as a Trustee and as a former Governor at Christ’s School.

At the Full Council meeting last night, Cllr Blakemore – along with Cllr Benedict Dias – were formally announced as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the coming 12 months.

Cllr Dias has been a ward councillor since 2014, representing Twickenham Riverside. He has lived in the borough for 14 years. He worked in investment banking and in 2010 he started his own finance business. He is involved with the local community through St James Church and is a trustee of the charity, Off The Record.

Over the next 12 months both councillors will hold events to raise money for three chosen charities. They are:

  • Me Too and Co – A local charity for children with disabilities and their parents
  • Cavernous Angioma Alliance - A Charity which supports with very serious neurological conditions
  • Off the Record – A Twickenham charity that provides confidential support, information and counselling services for young people

Cllr Blakemore said:

“It is a great honour to be made the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames. I have always been compassionate about people’s lives and am particularly interested in helping children and adults with disabilities, mental health and neurological conditions which impair the quality of their lives. This role will enable me to raise awareness and money for three important charities.

“Over the next 12 months I look forward to having the privilege of meeting a wide range of people and community organisations, experiencing first-hand some of the great work that they do.”

Cllr Benedict Dias added:

“I am honoured to be asked to represent the borough as Deputy Mayor. Richmond upon Thames is a beautiful place to live, with diverse cultures and the biggest voluntary sector in London. I look forward to working with Lisa and meeting local residents and the various groups and organisations.”

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Reference: P220/17

Updated: 21 June 2017