Children from Exeter’s Trinity C of E Primary School helped the area’s leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust, celebrate this week.
The charity, which provides activities to people of all ages focused on health, education and wellbeing, has been named as the new Lord Mayor of Exeter’s charity for 2019-2020.
The announcement was made at the Guildhall on Tuesday evening during the ceremony when Cllr Peter Holland was elected to the ceremonial position. Every new Lord Mayor chooses a charity to support during their mayoral year. Many events, including regular coffee mornings, fundraising dinners and the Really Big Quiz at Exeter’s Corn Exchange, help to raise money for the chosen charity each year.
Cllr Holland said: ‘As the new Lord Mayor it is my honour to choose a local charity to support throughout my tenure. I have chosen Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity, CITY Community Trust. This is an organisation which is delivering vital projects and programmes in the heart of our community. Last year their fantastic teams delivered health, education and physical activity programmes that supported 45,000 people, aged three to 83, to lead active and healthier lives.’
One of the new Lord Mayor’s first engagements will be to start the Exeter Live Better Marathon, which takes place on Sunday May 19 and is organised by CITY Community Trust. The day also includes a half marathon and a children’s running challenge, which will see 350 primary school children taking part.
Jamie Vittles, chief executive of CITY Community Trust, said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected as the Lord Mayor’s charity for the coming year. His support will enable us to reach even more people across the Exeter area and continue to deliver our vital services.
‘We are incredibly grateful for this support and look forward to working closely with the Lord Mayor and his staff over the next 12 months. Patronage like this is so important for us as we don’t receive any guaranteed core funding and rely on trusts, grants and people signing up to our events and programmes to enable us to develop and deliver our huge range of activities.’
For more information about CITY Community Trust visit www.exetercct.org