Lord Mayor Elect announces his charities

Councillor Keith Orrell, who will become the city’s new Lord Mayor next Thursday, has announced which charities he will support during his year in office. The 3 local organisations are the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, The Island and the York Music Hub.

Commenting on his choice, Cllr Orrell said: “The Lady Mayoress Elect, Sheriff Elect, Verna Campbell, her consort and I considered the selection of our charities very carefully. There are so many charities that do such valuable work for the people of our area that it was a very difficult decision.

“We are really delighted to have found 3 organisations that really make a difference to the people they support, and together span the generations.”

It is traditional for each Lord Mayor and Sheriff to raise funds for local causes during their tenure and this year will be no different! Events include some traditional favourites, such as the Assize of Ale and the Valentines Ball, which will be held at the Railway Museum. Some of the core contemporary events will be the Lady Mayoress’s Fashion Show, a Gin Festival and a series of musical performances in historic venues.

Cllr Ashley Mason, who will be heading up the Lord Mayor’s fundraising committee added “This year is set to be unforgettable, with so many events for the public to attend and support these 3 worthy organisations. I have implemented several innovative changes to bring us up to date and ensure as many people as possible can get involved. These include online ticket sales for our events, the use of twitter and a new text to donate option.

People can visit www.lordmayoryork.co.uk to see what events are coming up and book tickets. They can also follow the fundraising committee on twitter @LordMayorYork and even text to donate, by sending the word GIVE to 70145 to donate £3.

Mrs Campbell, the Sheriff Elect added “we are very much looking forward to an enjoyable year, and hope the people of York will help us to raise funds to support our charities work.

Cllr Orrell will become Lord Mayor on the 24th May 18 at a ceremony at the Merchant Adventurers Hall due to the Guildhall being closed.

Charity details below:    

  • The Island - www.theislandyork.org: The Island is a York based registered charity (1120420) which offers one-to-one "islands of space and time" mentoring to vulnerable children and young people between the ages of 8 to 13, and 8 to 18 for those with additional needs. The Island selects, trains and supervises volunteer mentors who make a commitment to meet regularly over the course of a year, to engage the young people in positive activities and help build their confidence and self-esteem. The Island also runs 4 youth groups, a school based mentoring programme, food distribution and holiday provision through a flat bestowed to the charity in Bridlington. 


  • York Music Hub - www.yorkmusichub.org.uk: The York Music Hub is the city’s music education partnership, supporting music making by and for young people. It is an independent charity bringing together everybody in the city who cares about music and young people. The Hub works with schools, and after school music centres to give young people the chance to play together in bands and orchestras. It supports new ventures and runs events like the Annual Music Festival and Best of the Bands. We also maintain a fund which provides bursaries and awards for young musicians whose families might find the cost beyond them.


  • York Blind and Partially Sighted Society – www.ybpss.org: We are a local sight loss charity helping people live independently with dignity. We provide a range of services to support those with a visual impairment, as well as enriching their lives. These include advice and information, specialist equipment, home visiting, counselling and sporting and social activities. We also provide eye clinic liaison officers at York, Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals. We have 1,100 members with thousands of people using our services each year. We are not standing still, we have ambitious plans to develop the organisation and support more people over the coming years.



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