On Sunday 23rd August, the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, hosted a treasure hunt around the Town to raise money for the Mayor’s Benevolent Fund and her chosen charities Berkshire Women’s Aid and Time to Talk West Berkshire. 

The event saw teams of families make their way around the town, answering questions about Newbury’s history and heritage referencing Blue Heritage Plaques, inscriptions, statues and pieces of art which are in and around Newbury.  

The Mayor thoroughly enjoyed the event saying, “‘We were delighted to find a way of raising funds for charity whilst giving people an opportunity to have fun and find out more about our interesting town. We ensured that the outdoor event for family groups also met all COVID-19 regulations.

She continued, “£113.50 was raised which will be added to the Mayor’s charities account for distribution at the end of my term. Currently funds are for the Mayors Benevolent Fund, Time to Talk Youth Counselling Service and West Berkshire Women’s Aid. Given that traditional fund-raising events are difficult to arrange due to COVID-19 I have decided to split all monies raised between the three.

In more usual times there are different events arranged for each charity, but I was very pleased that this event could take place. I would like to thank all those who took part and a big thank you to Angelica’s Terrace Cafe (Camp Hopson) and Cobrizo Lounge for donating the 1st and 2nd prizes”.

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