This year as Mayor of Reading I am raising money for three principal causes - Home-Start Reading, Reading Refugee Support Group and Help for Heroes - as well as giving my time to help other organisations with their own fund-raising efforts.
In these tougher economic times there are no current plans for a lavish gala dinner - always a good money spinner in the past! - so the need for a multiple of small donations is even more important than ever.
If you feel able to make a donation please send cheques payable to: Mayor of Reading's Charities and posted to Mayor of Reading, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7AE.
Charity pin badges and wrist-bands, at a minimum donation of £2 each, are also available and a number of organisations and individuals are taking supplies - from 10 to 250 ! - with a commitment to selling them through the year.
Any help will be greatly appreciated, as well as any other fund-raising ideas or proposals you want to pitch. Many thanks, Tony