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Local charities presented with nearly £30,000 by former Mayor

23 November 2022

Former Richmond upon Thames Mayor Geoff Acton presented Habitats and Heritage and Dose of Nature, local charities he chose to support during his mayoral tenure, with fundraised donations totalling almost £30,000.

Geoff Acton welcomed Colin Cooper from conservation charity Habitats and Heritage and Dr Alison Greenwood from mental health charity Dose of Nature to York House this week for their respective cheque presentations.

Despite a disrupted two years of fundraising, residents and other supporters pulled together to raise almost £30,000 to help fund the important contributions both charities make across our borough. During the presentation, Acton thanked everyone who made the donations possible, as well as his former Deputy Mayors Councillor Suzette Nicholson and Councillor Julia Cambridge and the fundraising team for their tremendous efforts.

He concluded by saying:

"I am proud to have had such amazing charities that supported my Mayoral tenure, and I will continue to support their aims and objectives in future years. They are organisations that are dear to my heart, and I wish them both every success."

The need for services such as Dose of Nature and Habitats and Heritage continues to grow as they play a vital role in protecting and nurturing the wellbeing of both our residents and our environment.

Dr Alison Greenwood from Dose of Nature said:

"This cash boost will help deliver the special brand of help provided by Dose of Nature, to those who need support to get back on track; it has also raised awareness of the charity to enable them to access external funding and increase the support they can give to those who need it in these difficult times."

Colin Cooper from Habitats and Heritage said:

"The Trustees, staff and volunteers of Habitats and Heritage are very grateful for the fundraising efforts of the Mayor, Mayoress and staff over the last two years. We have also greatly appreciated the networking and awareness-raising opportunity so soon after our merger with the new name. The huge amount raised will help towards our work addressing the climate emergency, rewilding nature and conserving local heritage."

If you would like to support either of these charities, please visit their websites for more information:

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Updated: 23 November 2022

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