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Knowsley “Mayor Making” Charity Fundraising Event – For The Record

by Gemma Melling

We are aware of comments circulating on social media regarding the annual ‘Mayor Making’ charity event that is being held this Friday. Here is some information about what’s happening.

Each year, to mark the appointment of a new Mayor of Knowsley, a “Mayor Making” event is held – the event marks the beginning of a new civic year but also, and perhaps more importantly, is used to launch the fundraising efforts for the incoming Mayor’s chosen charities.

This kind of fundraising event is common across local authorities, including local Parish and Town Councils, and by no means unique to Knowsley.

Each year, the Mayor of Knowsley chooses a local charity or charities to benefit from fund-raising during the year ahead.  The selected charities for 2024/25 are North West Air Ambulance and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  The Mayor of Knowsley will also be supporting the Prescot Parish Church Roof Fund.

The year’s fundraising efforts begin at the “Mayor Making” event, where the selected charities are profiled and all guests are encouraged to make donations.

Last year’s Mayor, Eddie Connor, raised more than £21,000 for his charities (Breast Mates and Knowsley Central School) during his term of office.

So, whilst there is a small cost to the Council of putting on the “Mayor Making” event in the first place, the monies subsequently raised by the Mayor’s Charity result in much more money being raised and passed onto local good causes.

The “Mayor Making” Event

The event itself is organised by Knowsley Council.

The event is a charity fundraising event and not a political one – all current Councillors (of all political groups and parties) are invited to attend, including guests such as the retiring Mayor and Mayoress, civic guests, Alderman and Freeman, Members of Parliament, outgoing elected members and the Mayor/Mayoresses of Parish and Town Councils.

Representatives of key partner agencies and stakeholders (such as Livv Housing, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor) are also invited.

This year’s Mayor Making event is taking place at the Village Hotel in Whiston – supporting a Knowsley business.

Guests pay for their own drinks and are also asked to make donations on the evening.  In common with the approach taken to other events in Knowsley, guests are also requested to bring along donations for Knowsley Foodbank.