Money is already rolling in for the new Mayor of Kirklees’ chosen charity, Kirkwood Hospice.
Coun Ken Smith has already handed over cheques to the hospice, which provides care for the terminally ill throughout the district
The charity’s staff cared for his late wife and for the late partner of his Mayoress, Coun Christine Smith.
The Mayor is a long-standing Kirklees councillor with two terms of office – 1984-1992 and from 1999 until present.
He said: “After 23 years representing the people of Kirklees I am honoured to become Mayor.
“I know from experience how many people value the input to the hundreds of voluntary organisations which invite the Mayor to their events each year and I look forward to continually meeting people from all over the area.”
Coun Smith has organised a charity dinner at Dewsbury Town Hall on September 19 and has secured the support of Dewsbury and Huddersfield branches of Barclays to match fund events.
He added: “Kirkwood Hospice is a great resource for all our community and has recently completed wonderful enhancements to its facilities and services.”