Elaine hands over cash to charities

Former Mayor Elaine Blezard handing over her charity money to Yorkshire air ambulance's Kerry Garner at Wakefield Town Hall
Former Mayor Elaine Blezard handing over her charity money to Yorkshire air ambulance's Kerry Garner at Wakefield Town Hall

Abseiling, bowling and a Christmas party helped the former Mayor of Wakefield raise more than £16,000 for charity.

Coun Elaine Blezard raised £16,566.03 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other charities during her time as mayor from May 2012 to May 2013.

The money was raise through activities and events including an abseil down Wakefield Cathedral, a bowling night and a Christmas party.

Coun Blezard also received donations for her various organisations.

A special event was held at Wakefield Town Hall earlier this month, where she presented the cheques to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and other local charities.

She thanked everyone involved and also her family for their support.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support and commitment in helping us raise this money for such a worthwhile cause.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as mayor and it was a huge privilege to be asked and a great honour to represent the district.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across the county and flies seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Each day the charity needs £9,990 to keep both air ambulance maintained and in the air.

It is due to relocate from its current base at Leeds Bradford Airport to a new improved home at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield.