Two local charities received a timely boost thanks to the efforts of the immediate past Mayor of Eastleigh’s charity appeal that raised over £24,500.
Cllr John Caldwell, who was Mayor from May 2010-2011, ran a charity appeal in aid of Open Sight based at Bishopstoke and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance during his mayoral year.
Tessa Barrett, Deputy Chief Executive of Open Sight, was on hand to receive a cheque for £10,000 on behalf of the charity that helps people who have suffered with sight loss and additional disabilities.
John Perry Chief Executive of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance received a cheque for £14,500 for the charity that has attended over 3,250 incidents. Around one third has been road traffic accidents and a quarter has been cardiac/collapse thus saving many lives. The helicopter can be airborne in 4 minutes and be on site anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes.
Cllr Caldwell says:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been able to present these two very worthy charities with such sizeable cheques and I hope the money will help make a difference to their great services for the community. I would also like to thank all those individuals and organisations that helped to raise funds for my charity appeal.”