New Leighton-Linslade Mayor will give support to three charities facing serious issues due to pandemic

Leighton-Linslade has a new mayor following the inauguration of Cllr Farzana Kharawala this week.
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Cllr Kharawala takes over from Cllr David Bowater after her appointment was agreed at an online meeting of Leighton-Linslade Town Council on Monday 28 September,

Due to the pandemic, Cllr Kharawala’s term of office is beginning in September and she will be in office until May 2022.

Cllr Kharawala has been a Leighton Buzzard resident for over 16 years and a town councillor since 2015.

Cllr Farzana KharawalaCllr Farzana Kharawala
Cllr Farzana Kharawala

At the meeting, Cllr Kharawala announced her chosen charities that she will be supporting – Chums Charity, Homestart and Macmillan Cancer Support.

She said: “I am delighted to be able to support three very worthwhile causes that work tirelessly in our community, supporting children with bereavement and mental health issues, families facing some difficult life challenges, or those dealing with cancer.

“All three charities are experiencing serious financial and staffing worries at a time when their services are needed more than ever.

“I will be doing my very best to support all three charities to raise awareness for the help they need as well as fundraising.

“I hope that the residents of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade will support me in my endeavours and get involved with the events I have planned and I am really looking forward to serving my community as Mayor.”

Cllr Kharawala will also be supporting any local charities, community groups and events, depending on any social distancing measures that may be in place.

The deputy Mayor for 2020/22 is Councillor Tony Morris. Councillor Morris will attend events and chair meetings when the Town Mayor is unavailable.