Mayor collects charity appeal money

PUBLISHED: 11:38 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

Town manager Geraint Burnell hands over the cheque to Royston’s mayor Cllr Lynn Berry, right, and town clerk Celia Walpole - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2109DW30

Town manager Geraint Burnell hands over the cheque to Royston’s mayor Cllr Lynn Berry, right, and town clerk Celia Walpole - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2109DW30

A CHEQUE has been handed over to Royston s mayor Cllr Lynn Berry for her charity appeal. The cheque for £372 will be donated to the Old Barn elderly people s centre in Royston and Meldreth Manor School at the end of her mayoral year in May. Money for her

A CHEQUE has been handed over to Royston's mayor Cllr Lynn Berry for her charity appeal.

The cheque for £372 will be donated to the Old Barn elderly people's centre in Royston and Meldreth Manor School at the end of her mayoral year in May.

Money for her charity appeal came from a collection in Santa's gazebo during this year's Royston town centre carnival in the town centre two weeks' ago.

Town manager Geraint Burnell said: "We were able to make the collection due to presents donated by Royston retailers to Santa's sack."

More than a dozen retailers - including Angels & Rascals, Beautiful Balloons, Boots, Market One, the Shop on the Corner, Martins, Sports Kit, the Stationery Cupboard, the Cave Shop, The Toy Shop, Woolworths and the Royston-based company Hotel Chocolat - donated more than 350 presents.

"Their generosity ensured we were able to exceed last year's total by more than £100," said Mr Burnell.

In addition, the total was boosted by Royston Runners waving the hire charge for its marquee.

Members of the Royston Round Table were instrumental in making Santa's Gazebo a success - as was Santa himself, otherwise veteran campaigner Terry Hutt, who spent more than five hours playing the role.

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