Wyre Council’s annual general meeting, held on Thursday evening 10 May at the Civic Centre, Poulton saw the election of a new Mayor, along with the presentation of this year’s Sheraton Trophy.
The new Mayor of Wyre for 2018/19 was announced as Councillor Marge Anderton and Deputy Mayor as Councillor Michael Barrowclough.
Councillor Marge Anderton’s chosen charities for the year are Trinity Hospice, Fleetwood Lifeboat Station and Fleetwood Museum Trust.
Trinity Hospice support patients and their families caring for those at the end of life across the Fylde and Wyre coast.
The RNLI at Fleetwood lifeboat station saves lives at sea through lifeboat search and rescue. They rely one hundred percent on donations.
Fleetwood Museum Trust have over 60 volunteers who help keep the museum open by donating a few hours of their time. Donations help towards future exhibitions and help to purchase relevant artefacts which become available.
Councillor Marge Anderton said “I look forward to the forthcoming year as Mayor of Wyre. It’s a great opportunity to make positive differences to our local communities and to raise awareness of the brilliant work my chosen charities do”.
The Sheraton Trophy was also presented to Jade Mia Smith in recognition of her voluntary work.
During her time in education and whilst working as a volunteer Jade has overcome many difficulties with her mental health. Jade faced prejudice because of her sexual orientation but hasn’t let that get in the way of what she wants to do with her life.
Jade left school with seven GCSE’s, despite been hospitalised twice during her GCSE period. She will be attending college in September and hopes to become a doctor.
Jade has been a volunteer with URPotential for two years, and before that worked as a volunteer for the RSPCA and raised money for Brian House.
She is currently working with URPotential to deliver LGBT awareness training to adults at the University of Cumbria and to young people at Cardinal Allen High School.
After receiving the trophy, Jade said “I’m grateful for the opportunities URPotential has given me and I enjoy helping other people. I feel proud of my achievements”.
Councillor Alice Collinson, former Mayor for Wyre chose Jade as the winner of this year’s trophy: “Jade deserves this award for the time and effort she has put into all the voluntary work she has done.
“Despite having difficulties along the way Jade has achieved a lot, grown in confidence and made a difference. She is an inspiration to all young people in Wyre”.
The Sheraton Trophy takes its name from HMS Sheraton which was awarded the Freedom of the Borough in recognition of work done in Fleetwood by the crew during the 1977 flood emergency when the ship was visiting the port.