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Bond night raises thousands for charity

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The Mayor of Dudley has proved he has the golden touch by raising over £4,000 for charity at the annual Mayor’s Ball and Civic Awards.

More than 300 people attended the James Bond themed event, sponsored by Excel 2000 Windows, at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last week.

A grand total of £4,295 was raised, which will be split between the Mayor’s three charities – Dudley Mind, YMCA Black Country Group and Dudley Alzheimer’s Society.

A host of businesses, civic dignitaries and community group representatives attended the night, which featured casino tables, raffle, auction, games and entertainment.

A world-class snooker champion, a youth campaigner and a renowned charity were among the Civic Award winners who were presented with exclusive hand-crafted glassware.

Councillor Dave Tyler, Mayor of Dudley, said:

I am overjoyed that the ball has raised so much money for my three chosen charities and I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the businesses, sponsors and all who attended the night for making it possible.
I would also like to thank all our award winners and nominees, they are all amazing people who help to make our borough a better place.

For more information about the Mayor Dudley and to view pictures from the event people can visit www.mayorofdudley.org.uk

About the Civic Awards

During the evening the Mayor presented awards in seven categories all supported by local businesses.

The Mayor’s Pride of Dudley Award went to Mary Stevens Hospice who got the most votes when the award was put to the public online. Mental health campaigner Jon Mansell, from Dudley, and The Retreat Café in Dudley were runners-up.

World renowned, Dudley-born snooker star Reanne Evans picked up the Duncan Edwards award for sport, sponsored by Nordic Timber Buildings, for her achievements around the globe. She won the WLBSA Ladies World Snooker Championships 10 times.

Bernard Simkins won the runner-up prize for more than 40 years of service to Stourbridge Swimming Club.

Eve O’Connor won the William Shenstone award for environment, sponsored by Jessup Brothers, after helping Halesowen to the gold award in the Halesowen in Bloom competition for the past four years.

Hurst Green Park friends group chair Carol Hackett, from Halesowen, received the runner-up award after helping bring in more than £10,000 of investment to the area and organising a series of clean-ups.

The Thomas Attwood award for education, sponsored by the School Travel Company, went to Maureen Smith, from Brierley Hill, who has dedicated the past 50 years of her life to Old Park Special School in a range of roles from cleaner to carer. Rhys Khan, from Stourbridge, won the runner-up award for his work with Dudley Youth Council helping to promote the important contribution of young people to the borough.

The famous Teddy Grays company won the Mike Holder award for business for promoting the borough all over the world with their historic, global brand. The runner-up award went to Lyn Kimpton who has helped build Stourbridge-based Klick Business Solutions into a thriving business.

The Cedric Hardwicke award for arts, sponsored by the GMB Union, went to Gurcharan Bhujhangy, from Halesowen, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity by organising events. Michael Peters took home the runner-up award for establishing a not-for-profit theatre company for young people.

Captain Andy Peters of the Army Reserve Centre in Dudley won the Frank Foley award, sponsored by the Dodd Group, for community spirit after spending years promoting the work of the armed forces and building links with communities across the borough. Eight-year-old Imogen Shuttleworth, from Stourbridge, won the runner-up award for her charity fundraising efforts raising thousands of pounds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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