Mayor backs blood and youth charities

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Amber Valley mayor Trevor Ainsworth has unveiled the two charities he will be backing throughout his year in office.

Cllr Ainsworth will be supporting two local charities – Derbyshire Blood Bikes and Blend Youth Project.

The new mayor said one of his main aims for the year is to shine the limelight on local charities.

He said: “There’s many charitable organisations that I want to get involved with and try to raise their profile. These charities work very hard. I’ve got first-hand experience with working with such organisations.

“The work that they do is impressive and they all do it in their own time. If I can raise the profile of local causes then that would be great.”

The mayor and his wife Jennifer attended the annual general meeting for Derbyshire Blood Bikes last week.

The charity aim is to help the Derbyshire NHS reduce the cost of transporting blood and other medical related products by providing an out of hours transport service between hospitals free of charge.

This allows the NHS to make savings which can be put back into patient services benefiting the people of Derbyshire and the surrounding area

The Blend Youth Project is part of the charity Valley CIDS. It provides activities, and support services designed to raise the aspirations and potential of young people.

The Conservative councillor said both charities were deserving of the support.

He said: “Both groups work tirelessly and if I can help support their projects then I will – every little helps.”

The councillor from Smalley was sworn into the role at the annual meeting of the council last month.