Babergh chairman picks his charities

Babergh District Councils new Chairman Peter Burgoyne has unveiled the charities he will be supporting during his role. ANL-160517-120006001
Babergh District Councils new Chairman Peter Burgoyne has unveiled the charities he will be supporting during his role. ANL-160517-120006001
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The new chairman of Babergh District Council has chosen to support charities in Sudbury and Chilton during his year in office.

Having been vice-chairman last year, Mr Burgoyne was elected as chairman by the full council meeting on April 26.

During their term in office the chairman chooses charities they will raise funds for .

His first charity is Age UK Suffolk Chilton Club - a specialist day club for those affected with dementia - that meets on the Chilton Industrial Estate.

His second chosen charity is the Sudbury Gateway Club - a social and leisure club for adults with learning disabilities, which facilitates a number of activities in a safe and fun environment.

“I am passionate about both of the charities I am supporting this year,” said Mr Burgoyne.“Several close relatives have been affected by dementia so I have first-hand experience of how devastating this can be for those affected and their families.

“The Chilton Club provides a wonderful, safe, environment for all and offers some much-needed respite for families.”

Jilly Vince, Chilton Club manager, said: “We at Suffolk Age UK: The Chilton Club are delighted to have been chosen by Cllr Burgoyne as one of his charities of the year.

“Our club in Sudbury offers people with memory problems the chance to meet others, make new friends, enjoy a freshly-cooked meal and participate in fun and stimulating activities.

“Staff at Chilton fundraise throughout the year for all the little things that make a day so special for our members and the support and recognition of Cllr Burgoyne and Babergh Council means a great deal to us all.”

On his support for the Gateway Club Mr Burgoyne said: “In the face of ever-decreasing Government grants, anything that I can do to aid the club’s fundraising and raise awareness of what they do and provide is a good thing.

“All too often these charities provide a fundamental service within our communities and go largely unnoticed. We would all be the worse off if they weren’t there.

“I hope to raise as much money as possible for both charities and look forward to working with them over my time as chairman.”