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YRP is the Mayor's chosen charity for 18/19
YRP is the Mayor's chosen charity for 18/19Posted on: 18 May 2018 in
The 45th Mayor of Woking, Will Forster chooses YRP
All of us at YRP are thrilled to have been chosen as the Mayor's Charity for 2018/19. This is the first time YRP has had the honour of being chosen and we are looking forward to using the opportunity to raise awareness of homelessness and all we do to try to alleviate the situation locally. This years Mayor is Lib Dem councillor Will Forster and he has been a loyal supporter of YRP for many years.
Will was born in Frimley Park hospital in 1986 and grew up in Goldsworth Park before moving to Westfield. With a passion for politics, Will is a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Woking and also Surrey County Council. At work, he currently runs the operations for one of the South East’s 10 Members of European Parliament.
Will talks about what first got him into politics: “I originally became a county councillor to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in our society, particularly children.”
True to his word, Will recently had a bill passed in Council to take all young care leavers out of the council tax system until they are 25, a motion that was unanimously supported across all parties. Speaking of the achievement, he says: "I was delighted when the Council backed my motion. Care leavers have some of the worse life chances in the country and this decision is a significant step in the right direction towards helping them transition successfully to adulthood."
The new Mayor is looking forward to discovering the good work being done by voluntary organisations across the whole Borough: “I know my local area very well” he explains “so I look forward to meeting them in a slightly different context as well as going further afield to parts of Woking that I am not so familiar with. My diary between now and summer is already filling up rapidly, there is so much happening that most people aren’t aware of.”
“My grandmother used to support this excellent charity and as a result I have grown up supporting it too. I was surprised to hear that it has never been the Mayor’s charity before and so I am hoping that I can help raise funds for this very deserving cause, as well as educated people in Woking on how they can best help people who have fallen on hard times.”