Walsall’s Mayor is appealing to kind-hearted residents to support his charity appeal – either through donations or by organising fundraising events.
Councillor Dennis Anson’s chosen charity is one that is very close to his family’s hearts.
He is raising money for Leukaemia and Melanoma Research which is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers.
The Mayor’s daughter Denise was diagnosed with leukaemia seven years ago.
He explained: “I want to make sure that the research into this condition continues as I want anyone affected to be able to benefit from the advances being made.
“Leukaemia and Melanoma Research is life-saving research that is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients.
“Blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma affect people of all ages from babies to grandparents. We need to be sure that we reach all those touched by leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and give them the best possible chance of survival.
“My daughter had treatment to start with and is now taking medication but we are hopeful of her going into remission.
“Others are not so fortunate and it is vital that research continues.
“I would like to take this opportunity of inviting the townspeople of Walsall to support the worthy cause I have officially adopted as The Mayor’s Appeal 2012/2013. The Charity Appeal will be open to any donations, however small, until the end of my Civic Year in 2013 and I am sure people would agree that is a very worthy cause.”
Donations can be sent directly to the Mayor’s Personal Assistant and, if available, the Mayor would be delighted to receive them personally at the Mayor’s Parlour.
People will receive a receipt for all donations made. Cheques should be made payable to The Mayor’s Appeal 2012/2013.