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A seasonal message from the Mayor of Bromley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2015

Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting

Mayor of Bromley, Kim Botting

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Kim Botting shares her Christmas message.

It is a real privilege to be Mayor of Bromley, especially at this time of year with so many joyous occasions around the borough, many involving children.

We are fortunate to have so many exuberant and talented young people in Bromley; I truly believe our future will be in safe hands.

The role is as enjoyable as it is challenging, both in terms of the more formal job of chairing Full Council, as well as the need for seemingly boundless energy to find new and exciting ways to raise money for my two charities. They are the National Brain Appeal and Connect and I am absolutely passionate about both.

As the year draws to a close, it’s a fantastic time to look back.

Among the highlights of the year was my Charity Ball at the Warren in Hayes when top surgeon Professor Neil Kitchen and actor Scott Maslin of EastEnders fame came along in support of my chosen charities.

Even former footballer Rio Ferdinand got in on the act by donating football memorabilia for the raffle!

Later in the year, my full support went to an amazing double bill of SciFi at the Civic Centre.

Hundreds of people turned up for the chance to see special guest actors and characters from Star Wars, Dr Who, X-Men, Thunderbirds and Batman, while the evening’s Big Band Concert attracted an enthusiastic audience to hear familiar theme tunes in a performance that was truly ‘out of this world.’

As I look back fondly on my many visits to school events such as Chislehurst School’s Music Fest, Darrick Wood School’s Prize Giving and the Priory School Awards Evening, the traditional birthday celebrations at the Chinese school in Orpington was a highlight.

And, now I want to look forward too. I can hardly wait to discover what the total raised for my charities will be by the time I hand over the Mayoral chains in May.

Every contribution makes a real difference to those suffering with neurological disorders. One in six people are affected either from birth or through a developing illness or brain injury.

We hear a lot about other health concerns but this is one that I believe needs more support.

As you contemplate your new year’s resolutions, I urge you to spare a thought for those less fortunate and consider doing something for charity, volunteering or at the very least making a donation.

We have a long tradition of this in Bromley and I, for one, am proud to be part of it.

I wish you all a memorable festive season and a new year of peace and happiness.

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