Trevor Weeks from Wildlife Rescue and Animal Service accepts a cheque from Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith.

Uckfield Mayor distributes money raised at charity ball

More than £1,000 raised at a ball organised by Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith has been presented to his nominated charities.

Cllr Smith was prevented by electoral law – while standing for re-election to Uckfield Town Council – from releasing the information but now he has announced that Chestnut Tree House Hospice, Raystede and the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service have all received cheques.


Nigel Mason, from Raystede, is presented with a cheque by Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith.

The ball was held on March 20 at the East Sussex National Hotel and attended by 100 local people who were entertained by magicians Kevin Morton and Daniel Burr, ventriloquist/comedian Steve Hewlett and by the band The Corvettes.

A total £1,100 was raised and the money was shared equally between the three charities. That gave them £365 each.

Cllr Smith said: “I am very grateful to those who attended for digging deep into their pockets to support my charities. Also to the local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes and items for auction.

“I enjoyed organising this unique, to Uckfield, occasion. I am very pleased to learn that WRAS has used the money to purchase a cage for rescued animals and that a plaque on the cage will acknowledge that the charity event made its purchase possible.”

• Cllr Smith, Independent, was re-elected in Ridgewood Ward. He polled 1,131 votes, the highest number in that ward.

The full town council election results can be seen here along with the local results for Wealden Council.

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