THE Mayor of Milton Keynes has reason to celebrate over the festive period after becoming one of the most successful in recent history.
Councillor Catriona Morris has already passed the previous record of £30,000 set by former mayor Mike Barry in 2004, and after just seven months in office she has raised £33,000 for her charity of the year, Milton Keynes Dons Sports and Education Trust.
She said: “It’s amazing, absolutely fantastic. Friends of the Trust and businesses have really engaged and I am hoping now that I have helped to create a lasting legacy which builds each year.
“I want to raise as much as I can but £30,000 was the target I had in mind when I first came into power. I think it ought to be £40,000 now.”
Ms Morris is also on course to post an impressive number in terms of events attended in her mayoral year with the figure standing at 321 so far. At her current rate of around 10 events a week the Mayor is on target for more than 500 events.
She said: “I am seeing things I never knew existed. You see a lot as a councillor but as Mayor I have seen so much more. Often people will want you to be at their event for an hour or so, sometimes I have to leave before I really want to but it is an honour to see some of the amazing work people are doing.”
The Mayor will be attending three events on Christmas Day – a visit to Christ the Cornerstone Church in the morning for a Christmas service, to the Salvation Army at lunch time and, finally, to the Santander Christmas Party for older people at Shenly Wood.