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The charities chosen by the new Mayor of Redditch have received their first donation of the civic year at the annual cheque presentation of the Redditch Masonic Charity.

The League of Friends of the Alexandra Hospital, Blue Wave Community Transport, and the Mental Health Action Group (MHAG), chosen by Cllr Roger Bennett at the Annual General Meeting of Redditch Borough Council last month, were just one of six recipients at a special presentation at the Easemore Road Lodge Rooms on Sunday (June 2).

A total of £3600 was also presented to Pitcheroak School, Redditch Scouts, the Where Next Association, Touchstones Child Bereavement Support, and First Redditch Boys and Girls Brigade, with representatives from each speaking about the services they provide and how the donations received will help and assist them in their work.

Cllr Bennett said: "I'm proud of the work the charities do for the residents of the town and I’m delighted to accept this donation to them from the Redditch Masonic Charity. I'm deeply honoured and proud to be representing Redditch this year. Together with my wife and consort Laura, I look forward to my year of attending many local functions and visiting as many businesses as possible.”

The cheque presentations were made by Right Worshipful Brothers Robert Vaughan and David Macey, Provincial Grand Masters of Worcestershire and Warwickshire respectively. David Macey said: “I’m proud of the commitment made by the volunteers who work extremely hard throughout the year to help and support those in need.”

Redditch’s new mayor has lived in Redditch for 25 years, is married to Laura, and has one son. Following a business career in transport and logistics, Cllr Bennett was elected as Borough Councillor for Headless Cross and Oakenshaw Ward in 2012 and has served on the planning, licensing, and audit and governance committee. He is also the current chair of Redditch Highways Forum, the link between local councillors and Worcestershire County Council, where he has also been a councillor since 2016, currently serving on the planning and standards and ethics committees.

Rounding off the civic appointments for this year Cllr Bennett’s cadet is L Cpl Kazi Keisha from the Redditch Troop and Cllr Gareth Prosser is Deputy Mayor.

Pictured above: Cllr Bennett (right) and representatives from each of the recipients received the donations presented by Robert Vaughan and David Macey.