Chichester mayor committed to helping charity

Chichester mayor John Hughes PPP-140519-152008006
Chichester mayor John Hughes PPP-140519-152008006

HIS FEET have ‘barely touched the ground’ since January, but the mayor of Chichester is looking forward to the year ahead.

John Hughes was re-elected at the city council’s mayor-making ceremony on May 14.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “I’ve really enjoyed it since January.

“I was stationed at Tangmere and I married a local girl. I’ve now been 46 years in Chichester.”

He was elected mayor in January, after Alan Chaplin stood down for health reasons.

Already he has overseen a number of important civic events for the city, including a special service for the outgoing dean of Chichester Cathedral, at which he was granted the freedom of the city.

“My feet have barely touched the ground since January,” the mayor said.

He will put his fundraising efforts into the local branch of Homestart – a family-supporting charity helping families with young children.

The branch is in need of support since losing a grant from West Sussex County Council and lottery funding.

Cllr Hughes presented Chichester and district coordinator Jan Barsby with a cheque for £4,000 after the ceremony.

“The mayor’s really helped, but also it’s such a good way to raise our profile in the area,” she said.

“It’s nice to get some links we wouldn’t otherwise have had.”

The branch needs to raise £140,000 annually to continue running.