This August, Youth Options became one of three charities to benefit from the Mayor of Winchester Charity donations.

Each year the new Mayor picks local charities to support during his time in post. The charities, supported by the Mayor, plan fundraising events to raise money to support the local community.

However, just months after Councillor Patrick Cunningham began his tenure, Covid-19 hit changing the way that the Mayor could support his chosen charities.

Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, the Mayors Office presented Youth Options with a cheque for £2,478, a fantastic donation that will do so much to support children and young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

To celebrate, the Mayor held a reception at Winchester College to celebrate Cllr Cunningham’s retirement and present the cheques to the charities involved.

Debbie Hadwen, Secretary to the Mayor said:

“The Mayor, Cllr Vivian Achwal was delighted to be able to host such a lovely event for our recently retired Mayor, Cllr Patrick Cunningham, and was even more pleased that Cllr Cunningham was able to present the charities that he had chosen to raise funds for during his Mayoral tenure with their donations.  Cllr Cunningham’s chosen charities were Youth Options, Home-Start Winchester District and the Winchester Young Carers.”

Madeleine Durie, Youth Options CEO said:

“Youth Options works with children and young people to improve their life chances.  Cllr Cunningham spoke about the impact of the pandemic on everyone and of course, we know that the consequences of Covid has hit young people particularly hard, especially their mental health and self-confidence.   We knew that the usual fundraising activities that the Mayor of Winchester supports were not able to happen last year so we were so pleased that Cllr Cunningham was still able to give a donation towards our work”