Delighted Windsor and Maidenhead's ex-mayor Cllr Asghar Majeed has seen his 'do-eat then donate' initiative raise £100,000 for charities during his year in office.
Cllr Majeed (Con,Oldfield) and his mayoress Naheed, his sister, decided that people who had enough money to go out to eat would not mind giving 50p to £1 for charity, which was added to their restaurant bill.
Restaurants in the Royal Borough were happy to take part in the scheme, which began with 30 charities involved and ended with 80.
Now, although he is not mayor any more Asghar, and Naheed, are determined to continue to run the initiative as founding members. Working with the Hitachi Design Centre they have come up with a website that will keep supporters up-to-date on how the fundraising is progressing.
The initative now has the brand name One Borough and the both are working on ways of expanding beyond the Royal Borough to become international.
The mayor's ball raised £8,000 for 18 charities. They were Age Concern, Hearing Dogs, Maidenhead Community First, Responders, Swan Lifeline, Windsor Old Peoples' Association, Daisy Dreams, Windsor Talking Newspapers, Cruse Breavement, Lions Club Maidenhead, Rainbow Trust, Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service, Maidenhead Talking Newspapers, Royal Marines Association, Thames Hospicecare, Sequela Foundation, Royal British Legion Windsor and Maidenhead.
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