Mayor of High Wycombe, Cllr Mohammed Hanif, will be celebrating his year in office with a special Gala Dinner on Saturday 14 May at John Hampden School and is inviting readers to join him. It’s the final fundraiser in his 12-month stint and precedes the traditional ‘weigh-in’ the following week where he officially hands over the reigns to his successor in a unique ritual - designed to ensure the Mayoralty has not over-indulged at the taxpayers’ expense - dating back to the 1670s. As his mayoral year draws to a close, it’s a chance for the charities he has supported to acknowledge his hard work on behalf of their beneficiaries.
Cllr Hanif has hosted a whole range of events and initiatives to raise funds for his chosen charities: Rennie Grove Hospice Care and One Can Hope. Back in June 2015 he set up a radio appeal with local station Awaaz Radio, which gave representatives from the good causes an unprecedented chance to engage directly with listeners who may not otherwise have heard about their work. Listeners phoned in to pledge their support and learned more about the unique 24/7 responsive service provided by Rennie Grove from one of the charity’s Hospice at Home nurses, who herself has cared for many local patients with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses in their own homes. The appeal raised over £2,000 as well as crucial awareness.
Other activities catered for all with events ranging from football and volleyball tournaments, collecting in M&S and Asda, the Festival of Carols and a Burns Night, to a ladies’ pamper evening, several curry nights, a bowling challenge and events at local schools.
Cllr Hanif said: “Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides excellent patient care and I am proud to have chosen the organisation as one of two charities for my Mayoral year.”
Rennie Grove Community Fundraising Manager, Claire Redrup, said: “We are so grateful to the Mayor of High Wycombe for his fantastic support during his Mayoral Year. He has helped us in so many ways, not only raising thousands of pounds towards our patient care but also raising vital awareness of our service in the local community. As well as hosting a huge range of his own events, he joined us at some of our own in the neighbourhood, including our first-ever Muddy Mucker obstacle challenge on the Penn Estate where he cheered on the participants and handed out medals.”
Join Cllr Hanif for a little (though not too much!) indulgence at an evening of music, dancing and entertainment on 14 May. Tickets are on sale here priced at £35 or tables of 10 for £315.
View a full list of upcoming events in support of Rennie Grove here.