Mayor aiming for charity drive from youngsters

THE mayor of Hastings is launching a competition to encourage young people to raise cash for charity.

Councillor Kim Forward wants as many youth groups as possible across the town to organise an event for their local community - with proceeds going to a good cause of the youngsters’ choice.

Cllr Forward told the Observer: “Not only is it about having fun and using your imagination, but it’s about raising money for good causes.”

In previous years groups have raised money by hosting murder mystery evenings, providing lunch for the elderly and even racing rubber ducks.

A £50 pot is available either as a short-term loan if the group is raising money or as a small grant if they are doing something for the community.

Groups will need to take pictures of the event and put together a presentation display on a piece of card no larger than A3.

Then each presentation needs to be dropped off at the town hall together with a short written description before the end of September.

The winner will be announced at an event in Priory Meadow in October, with a trophy for the best group.

If you are part of a youth group and would like to take part, contact Annette Hawkins, on 01424 423859 or email