Thanking supporters of people from Ukraine
As Mayor, one of the greatest honours for me has to be an event shortly before Christmas to recognise the wonderful contribution of families and individuals in our Borough in supporting people from Ukraine. Many of them have opened their homes to those fleeing the Russian invasion of their country, and I was delighted to be part of an event to celebrate the hosts’ kindness in doing so.
The hosts are providing desperately needed shelter and stability to people who have gone through so much. Their generosity is inspiring, and an uplifting example of the character and spirit of the people of Eastleigh.
The Mayor of Eastleigh wishes to thank One Community for the kind invitation to attend their recent Annual General Meeting at the Silverlake Stadium (the home of Eastleigh Football Club).
One Community seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of our community and residents and the meeting was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what they have been doing and to celebrate the efforts of their supporters and volunteers. The support and services they provide are needed by so many and the meeting included a special award, the Bobbie Jones Award, for young carers.
The Mayor thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone, especially "H", Debra and Adrian, and presenting awards to the amazing supporters and volunteers.
The Mayoress and I recently attended the hugely successful Friends of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) fun day at the Cleveland Bay in Chandlers Ford. The charity supports the vital work that PICU does in caring for children who are often undergoing urgent and serious hospital treatment. It is an especially important cause for us and we spent a lot of time in the unit over the years with our much-missed son.
There were lots of fun activities at the pub, including a huge game of Operation, meeting a Stormtrooper and Mickey Mouse, Deal or No Deal and all manner of games and attractions to take part in. It was a wonderful day of sunshine and laughter, all to help such a worthwhile cause.
Special thanks to the kind Mayor of Test Valley for letting us visit the event.