New Mayor of Dudley outlines charity support
The new Mayor of Dudley has praised the late Duke of Edinburgh for his “inspirational” support for young people and has also announced a new community fund as she outlined her charity commitments for the year ahead.
Councillor Anne Millward, who was named the new Mayor of Dudley as a meeting of the full council this evening (THURS), also named Dudley Mind as one of her chosen charities.
She committed to raising money for the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme as she paid tribute to Prince Philip, who sadly passed away last month.
Councillor Millward also vowed to set up a special community fund to help community groups and voluntary groups. The fund will provide money for small projects and help groups access equipment, following a difficult year caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
She will also be raising money and awareness for Dudley Mind which is a mental health charity aiming to improve and promote recovery and wellbeing for people across the Black Country.
The borough’s first citizen urged people to do what they could to help raise money.
Councillor Anne Millward, Mayor of Dudley, said:
I am extremely proud and honoured to serve this borough as Mayor and I will do all I can to build on the excellent work of the Mayors who have served before me.
I think what the Duke of Edinburgh did to help young people to reach their full potential is nothing short of inspirational. I decided to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme to continue that legacy and help the young people of this borough flourish.
Dudley Mind also does some incredible work to support people affected by poor mental health. I want to do all I can to help them carry on doing that – particularly after the year we have just had when many people will have struggled. “In addition to that, the community fund is about helping borough groups who have been hit hard over the past year. It is vital we continue to give them access to funding so they can continue their important work.
We will be announcing the details of how that will work in due course, but the Mayoral role gives me a unique opportunity to help people who need it most and I am very much looking forward to doing that.
Councillor Millward named her son, Jack, as consort for her 12 months in office. The Gornal councillor and former leader of the council replaces Councillor David Stanley who served as Mayor for two consecutive years as the pandemic meant there were no elections last year.
Councillor Sue Greenaway was named Deputy Mayor of Dudley, and her husband Desmond named consort.
For more information on the Mayor visit https://www.mayorofdudley.org.uk/
Notes to editors
Councillor Millward was elected May 2002 to May 2011, representing Gornal Ward. She was Leader of the Council from May 2009 to May 2011 and re-elected to the council in May 2015 to the Gornal ward, which she continues to represent. Councillor Millward was also Mayor’s Consort 2019/20 and 2020/21, serving with the Mayor Councillor David Stanley.