Mayor pledges support for three very worthy causes

Mayor John Scott with Colin Bell, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust; Alex Bailie, Help for Heroes and Jo Murphy, Lighthouse Belfast. INNT 27-500CON
Mayor John Scott with Colin Bell, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust; Alex Bailie, Help for Heroes and Jo Murphy, Lighthouse Belfast. INNT 27-500CON

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, will be fundraising for three local charities throughout his year in office.

The Macedon representative, who was elected First Citizen at the council’s AGM last month, has selected three very good causes to support during 2016/17.

“This year I have chosen to support the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, Lighthouse and Help for Heroes,” Cllr Scott explained. “Each of these charities has a special place in my heart and I fully admire and respect the work they do and the contributions they make to society.”

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating the bodies of loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

Lighthouse is committed to the prevention of suicide, the promotion of positive mental health and the provision of support services to families who have been bereaved by suicide.

The Belfast-based charity provides a ‘beacon of hope’ to individuals, families and communities, as well as providing preventative and support services. It aims to save lives by offering support and advice to those affected by suicide and self-harm.

Help for Heroes offers direct, practical support to servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving Queen and country. The charity provides comprehensive tailored support, from psychological wellbeing and sports recovery to financial grants and career support.

“A variety of fundraising activities and events will be organised throughout my Mayoral term and I know the people of Antrim and Newtownabbey will be as generous as ever in their support,” Cllr Scott added.

For more information about the Mayor’s chosen charities log on to www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/MayorsOffice/charities