Mayor’s charity raises over £60,000 for Royal British Legion

The former Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Jim Dodds has handed over a cheque for over £60,000 to his chosen charity The Royal British Legion.

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The final total could be much more as some of the organised activities are to become annual events. This will include the very successful Poppy Dash and Poppy Bun Challenge, together with a number of local fund raisers who have pledged to support the RBL.

Cllr Jim Dodds said:

“Being Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees is probably the biggest honour bestowed on Carol and myself, we enjoyed immensely our year in office and were overwhelmed with the good work being carried out across Kirklees.

Having served for 35 years in the Royal Signals it would not have come as a surprise that I picked a Military charity for our year. The Royal British Legion requires £100m per year to fill the gaps left by other charities as we do the best we can for those who have served us so well.

It would be impossible for me to pick out individual names as everyone involved worked so hard, I must however mention Sainsbury’s and KAL who supported my effort throughout.

Sainsbury’s organised a Charity Bike Ride, Fashion Show and a sponsored Channel Swim. KAL were responsible for an Endurance March, A come and try it fitness day and a Mayor’s Golf Day at Bradley Park.

I entered teams in and took part with Carol, in the Dragon Boat Race and we played Cricket against an Emmerdale XI.

My committee organised a number of excellent concerts raising awareness of the RBL and much needed funds for them. We held a very successful Sportsman’s Dinner to honour the careers of three local sporting heroes: Eorl Crabtree, Andrew Gale and Gary Sykes. Add to these numerous smaller events held across Kirklees and you can see why we have raised such a large amount of money.

A really big thank you, to all who contributed and did their bit for those who have given so much in the defence of our country.”

Thanks from the Royal British Legion:

Debbie Westlake Community Fundraiser for West Yorkshire said:

“On behalf of the Royal British Legion, I would like to send my sincere thanks to Councillor Jim Dodds and his team of supporters for all their hard work during Jim’s term as Mayor. As Mayor of Kirklees for 2016, the Poppy Appeal was fortunate enough to be chosen by Jim as his Charity of the Year.

This is extremely well received as the Yorkshire area has a high percentage of veterans who require our support, so these funds will be put to very good use, making sure the veterans receive the standard of life they deserve.

I would just like to explain what a veteran is, I saw this quote online and thought it summed up exactly what a veteran is : “A veteran – whether on active duty, discharged, retired or a reservist – is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank cheque made payable to ‘Queen and Country’ for an amount up to and including their life.

So thank you Jim, his wife Carol, all your support team and the RBL members that supported at your events, you are all stars.”

See Cllr Dodds’ tweets throughout the year in pictures:

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