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Former Lord Mayor, Coun Keith Hyman, raised a record-breaking £80,000 for charity in a year
LAST year’s Lord of Mayor of York said he was “astounded” to have raised a record-breaking £80,000 for charity during his year of office.
Coun Keith Hyman, the city’s 2012-13 civic head, presented the money to his two chosen charities, Special Olympics, City of York, and the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA), outside the Mansion House.
The final total has been split evenly between the charities. Coun Hyman said he and his civic party from last year were astounded at the amount raised after the hard work of his committee and the generosity of York residents and businesses.
He said: “The final total was boosted by an additional donation by Jinnah Group restaurants of £360, on top of the money already raised by them, so that we had a nice round figure to finish with.”
SSAFA representative John Goodsir said the additional funds would allow the organisation to raise the number of case workers in the York area, not only in the short term but also for future years, as their role became even more important in looking after the Armed Forces and their families.
Paul Ramskill, chair of York’s Special Olympics team, said its profile had been raised throughout the year and the £40,000 meant a full team of 25 athletes and 16 coach escorts could be sent to the National Games in Bath next week, where the city would be represented in athletics, boccia, swimming and tennis.
Coun Hyman said the final figure passed all his expectations and he hoped there would be a lasting legacy for both charities that would allow them to continue with the good work that they carry out.
He said: “We didn’t set out to beat the record, just to raise as much money as much as possible.”
The biggest single fundraising event was the Lord Mayor’s Ball in February, which brought in £14,000 to £15,000.
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