Counsellor George Crawford, the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, ended his Mayoral year in office this week, having organised and attended around two hundred fundraising and awareness events all over the borough. Although donations for his chosen charity MacMillan Cancer Support are still coming in, it’s estimated that George has helped raise more than £20,000.
George, who as Mayor was the President of EETN, told us in earlier chats that he and his partner Mayoress Jackie Hennings had enjoyed every minute of their time in office, although it had tended to take over their lives and had been on occasions quite exhausting. When his year ended, his plan, he said, was to take a good rest for a while.
During his time as Mayor, George supported the Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper from the beginning, for example popping in to say a few words of thanks and farewell last year to our long-serving volunteer Angela Sargent, then joining us at Christmas when he entertained us all musically with his ukulele. He and Jackie also took the time to come in for an interview with us, despite their overwhelming work schedule.
So everyone here at EETN says a huge thank you to George for his support and interest in our 43 year old local service, which as you probably know is run totally by volunteers.
Today, however, far from resting and relaxing a while, George, who admits he loves keeping busy and active, came in to see us and offer his services as our newest volunteer! We are delighted to welcome him on board and very honoured that he has chosen to work with our team, saying
‘The work being done by the volunteers here is excellent and I will do whatever you think would be most helpful, whether that involves information gathering, meeting new listeners, or fundraising, all of which I enjoy very much.’
Needless to say, we’re all very excited and now busy putting our heads together on a few ideas – but one thing we do promise is not to make George’s new work schedule quite as hectic as his last one!