Ex-Mayor’s charity help

NILABE110725b1, Cheque presentations by cllr Robert Parkinson past Mayor of Erewash. Gemma Hinds air ambulance, Cllr Robert Parkinson, Val and Mike Dimblebee rainbows childrens hospice.
NILABE110725b1, Cheque presentations by cllr Robert Parkinson past Mayor of Erewash. Gemma Hinds air ambulance, Cllr Robert Parkinson, Val and Mike Dimblebee rainbows childrens hospice.

FORMER Mayor of Erewash Cllr Robert Parkinson has donated £3,000 to charities, collected during his year in office.

Risley-based Treetops Hospice, the Rainbows Children’s Hospice and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance have each received £1,000 as Cllr Parkinson’s chosen charities.

Cllr Parkinson presented representatives from the three charities with cheques for £925 each at Long Eaton Town Hall last month, but the total has since risen as more donations have come in.

He said: “It’s quite difficult to collect money for charity at the moment so I’m very grateful to everyone who donated.”

The cash was raised through dozens of fundraising events throughout his Civic Year, including the Civic Dinner, earlier this year.

He explained that he had supported the three charities through his Long Eaton Lion’s work, and, as a keen horserider, has always respected the ‘valuable’ work the air ambulance does, particularly when it helps horse riders who become injured in remote areas.