Following the outcome of the local election on Thursday 3rd May 2018, a full Council meeting was held on Thursday 24th May 2018 at which councillors elected a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the Borough.

The Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Dadds will be running the London Marathon in April 2019. This will be to raise money for the Mayor's Charity Appeal 2018/19.

In 2015, my father passed away with lung cancer. Nothing can prepare you for such a loss. He did however receive, in my opinion, the very best of care at St Luke's Hospice in Basildon. It was the best place for him as it provided him with a high level of support and care combined with a very caring and compassionate environment that he and we needed at that time.

I have supported St. Luke's Hospice and the work they do ever since.

Prior to my father's stay at the hospice, I didn't really appreciate and I certainly didn't fully understand the wonderful work and care they provided to those in need, not only to the patients but also their family.

In May 2018, I was voted Mayor of Basildon Borough. I have been a Councillor for 16 years and have seen previous Mayors undertake their roles and duties. Every year the Mayor would choose a charity that they supported during the municipal year. I thought immediately it had to be St. Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research.

I then thought let's do something that could be a real challenge and also raise awareness and money for both charities.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and help me support St Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research. Any donation is gratefully received and will help them continue to give the support and help to other that they gave to my father and my family.

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