FORMER Mayor of Worcester Coun Jabba Riaz has handed over more than £30,000 to three city charities.
Coun Riaz ended his year in office in May after a busy 12-months of fund-raising and promotion of his campaign to encourage Worcester people to love, not hate.
Through a packed programme of events, concerts, community fairs and plenty more, Cllr Riaz raised the £30,000-plus, which has been divided between St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester Community Trust and Worcester Live.
“It was an enormous honour to wear the chain of office as Mayor of Worcester,” said Coun Riaz.
“It was a role I treated very seriously and, I hope, respectfully and it is a source of great pride to me that I was able to raise so much vital funding for these much-loved city charities. My theme for the year was love, not hate and I chose
St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester Community Trust and Worcester Live as my charities because they all play a role in bringing our different communities together.
“I want to thank our great city and all the residents and council officers who supported me in my year as Mayor – I couldn’t have done it without you.”