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Year of fundraising set for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress

Strode Park Foundation is the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s chosen charity for 2024/25.

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Jean Butcher and The Lady Mayoress of Canterbury Di Baldock will take up a second term in office for the forthcoming mayoral year after they were elected by their fellow members at last night’s Annual Council meeting.

They recently visited the Strode Park charity shop in Bank Street, Herne Bay to see what wonderful treasures were on offer and to meet some of the dedicated volunteers that help keep the shop open.

Cllr Jean Butcher Lord Mayor of Canterbury and Lady Mayoress Di Baldock said: “Having visited Strode Park last year we were very impressed with the care and support given to residents enabling them to live a fulfilled life and achieving their full potential which is so important for them and their families.

“When we had the opportunity of a second term as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress 2024/2025 we had no hesitation in asking if we could have the honour of working with the amazing charity and their fundraising team to raise awareness and funds for the Strode Park Foundation.

“We are both looking forward to supporting the many events that have been arranged for this coming year.”

Director of Fundraising and Communications at Strode Park, Karen Jeal, said: “We are so excited and honoured to have been chosen as the Lord Mayor’s charity and we look forward to working with them both over the course of the year to raise as much money as we can for people with disabilities who we care for and support.”