At the Annual Council Meeting on 14 May, Cllr Rex Whittaker was elected as the East Grinstead Town Mayor for 2018/19.
Having represented Imberhorne Ward for the Town Council since 2011, Rex has served various previous roles including Chair of the Planning and Finance & General Purposes Committee, Council Leader for three years, and he is currently Chair of Trustees for the Chequer Mead Community Arts Trust.
As well as Chairing the Council meetings ( the office of Chairman of the Council is the legal duty, but as a Town Council, we are entitled to call our Chairman ‘Town Mayor’), the Mayor will seek to raise funds for charities by hosting regular fundraisers. Rex’s chosen charities for the year and his reasons for choosing them are:
Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex
This life-saving charity operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Redhill Aerodrome and Rochester Airport. Their crews are always ready to respond to people who need them. Sussex has beautiful countryside but can be very remote. Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex can give advanced care to people in our area, which is usually only available in hospital. This can make all the difference.
East Park Riding for the Disabled Association
For more than 40 years, this charity has been delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities. RDA work across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status, and environments. Their work focuses to ensure that each individual has the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their personal goal. Their motto ‘ it’s what you can do that counts’ is a lesson to us all.
This incredible small local outreach charity provides help and volunteer drivers 7 days a week to take and return vulnerable people to GP and hospital medical appointments. Celebrating their 30 th anniversary, the 80 dedicated volunteers help around 400 clients and complete nearly 1,000 transport jobs per year. Their small dedicated team provide an essential and confidential support service to our increasingly overstretched NHS Professionals.
The Deputy Town Mayor will be Cllr Danny Favor.