Former Lord Mayor presents cheques to chosen charities

Former Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy and consort Councillor Brian Vincent present cheques to representatives from Frontline Veterans Support and the South West Mesothelioma Support Group.The Former Lord Mayor of Plymouth has presented two local charities with cheques totalling more than £8,000.

Councillor Pauline Murphy, together with consort Councillor Brian Vincent, held a number of events during her year in office to raise money for the South West Mesothelioma Support Group and Frontline Veterans Support.

Frontline Veterans Support helps veterans and their families learn to live and cope with Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental or physical disabilities due to service.

The South West Mesothelioma Support Group helps people living with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well as sufferers’ families and those who have lost loved ones.

Councillor Murphy said: “Serving as Lord Mayor gives you a fantastic platform to raise awareness of charities and the support they provide, as well as raise much needed funds to help them continue their vital work.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting these donations but also sad that Wally Wright, who worked so tirelessly for the Mesothelioma Support Group and helped to organise so many of our events, could not be there to share the celebration.”

A mesothelioma sufferer himself, Wally passed away earlier in the month at the age of 75. The support group said Wally was very proud of the former Lord Mayor’s association with the group and that the money will go a long way in helping support those affected by asbestos related cancer, both locally and nationally.