Mayor ends year on a high note

Mayor of Merton Krystal Miller threw a big thank you celebration for the many voluntary organisations she and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant have visited and worked with during her year in office. 

Mayor Councillor Krystal Miller and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant

Mayor Krystal Miller and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant present Home Start Merton with their cheque for £22,500

Held at Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre, the party featured acts from Merton Music Foundation, Lantern Arts Centre and, as a finale, Wimbledon Rock Choir, giving the Mayor an opportunity to thank the many people who give their time and energy to supporting their local community. Waitrose also presented the mayor with cheques for her charities to the value of £526.00, having previoulsy supported the Mayor’s Christmas concert by supplying mince pies and  mulled wine.

At the event, the Mayor presented her two charities with £22,500 each. The Mayor raised £45,000 during her mayoralty through fundraising activities for her chosen charities, Home Start Merton and the Polka Theatre. Events included a quiz night, a rock choir concert and a Christmas celebration as well as the annual Mayor’s Ball.

Mayor Councillor Krystal Miller and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant present the Polka Theatre with the cheque at a celebration event

Mayor Krystal Miller and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant present the Polka Theatre with their cheque at a celebration event

Between they Mayor and Deputy Mayor Councillor John Sargeant, they have attended more than 500 engagements over the year including many community-led events as well as the commemoration of Remembrance Day, Armed Forces Day, a Nelson Mandela Memorial Service and the London Mayor’s Association Annual Civic Service event at the Westminster Abbey.

Mayor of Merton Krystal Miller said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Mayor of Merton. Every single week I met people who inspired me in our community, people who dedicate their time to educate, care and bring people together and make Merton such a special place to live. I’d also like to thank everyone who has helped me to raise much needed funds for two local charities that do so much for  children and their families.”

Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, who represents Figge’s Marsh in Mitcham, has been proposed to become the borough’s 50th mayor for the mayoral year of 2014/2015. Merton Council is set to formally swear in the borough’s new Mayor at full council tonight, Wednesday 4 June.

To tune into tonight’s full council meeting at 7.15pm, visit merton.gov.uk/webcasting.