THE NEW Mayor of Malvern Neil Morton will be supporting the town’s Heatstart and Foodbank charities during his year of office, writes Amy Rose Willis.
Coun Morton paid tribute to outgoing mayor Cynthia Palmer.
He added: “I am both honoured and delighted to have been elected as Mayor of Malvern and look forward to serving the town the best way I can.
“I would also like to thank Cynthia for all her hard work over the last three years.”
Peter Buchanan, chairman of the foodbank, welcomed the mayor’s announcement and said the increase in need for the service in the first quarter of 2019 had seen the demand for food had outstripped the number of donations for the first time ever.
“The first four months of the year, we received just under 2,000kg of donations a month but we distributed just over 2,500kg.”
A total of 521 adults and 334 children had received food parcels.
Richard Vakis-Lowe, chairman of Heatstart said: “In just over two years, Heartstart had provided free training to nearly 3,000 people, and installed 16 public defibrillators.
“Every penny we receive from the mayor’s charity will go towards funding more training and installation of the defibrillators.”
Coun Morton and new Deputy Mayor Lynne Lambeth, will undertake civic duties and help raise as much money as possible for the charities.