Two Halton charities were thrilled to receive a welcome cash boost when last year’s Mayor and Mayoress presented them with a share of the £18,782.84 raised during their year in office.

Cllrs Alan and Joan Lowe chose Halton Speak Out and H.E.A.R.T.S. (Halton Entertainment Art Regional Theatre School for the 2017-18 Mayor’s charity fund, and each has received £9,391.42 to help with their work in the community.

The magnificent amount was a result of 12 months of fundraising, with numerous events and activities taking place throughout the year such as dinners and dances, races and raffles.

Mal Hampson from Halton Speak Out said: “Halton Speak Out are delighted to receive the money from the Mayor’s charity. We will be using this funding to enable us to continue our scheme ‘Safe In Town’ here in Halton. The scheme works with members of our most vulnerable groups within the borough and our local shops, and community venue, and police services. The aim of Safe In Town is to support people to feel safe in our community.”


Louis Neeves, founder of H.E.A.R.T.S., commented: “H.E.A.R.T.S. (Halton Entertainment Art Regional Theatre School) are most grateful to the retiring Mayor and Mayoress and the funding committee for all their hard work to enable us to receive just under £10,000.

“The monies are earmarked to take the whole school to visit a West End show in the capital along with a backstage tour, to experience the wonderful world of performing, and an overnight stay in a London hotel. We also plan to purchase some new microphones and upgrade our current website for the future. Anyone wishing to join our project should contact me on 07734 055 287.”

Cllrs Alan and Joan Lowe wanted to thank all those who supported them throughout a most enjoyable Mayoral year.

“It was a real privilege to represent the borough and to support these two excellent charities,” said Cllr Alan Lowe.

“A big thank you to everyone who to enable us to raise such a fantastic amount, and to the Brindley and the Stadium, who were wonderful all year, and all the performers at the civic show at the Brindley.

“It was a brilliant year. The highlight was the schoolchildren – they always enjoyed the visit to the Town Hall, and I’d encourage more schools to do it.

“We really had our eyes opened to the number of volunteers there are in Halton. They are the unsung heroes who do so much for the borough.”

Photo. L to R: Cllr Alan Lowe, Cllr Joan Lowe, Louis Neeves (H.E.A.R.T.S.), and Yvonne Smallman and Mal Hampson (Halton Speak Out).