Lord Mayor's Charity
The new Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Glew announced this week that Preston Road Women's Centre will be one of her chosen charities for her year of service 2014/15.
Mary has long been supportive of the women's centre which borders on her ward and looks after many of her constituents. She has worked tirelessly for local women, taking up problematic issues on their behalf and working to make sure their lives are improved.
Mary helped to launch our Big Lottery Funded volunteer programme in 2010 and has worked with us to develop our housing service ensuring it is responsive to local needs.
As Lord Mayor, she is an inspiration to women in Hull and a role model for women in politics.
Councillor Glew said she is delighted to become the 14th woman to take on the post.
She said: "One-hundred years to the day, I feel very honoured to be bestowing the title of the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber.
"I am the 14th woman to receive the Lord Mayor title and, fortunately, from 1965, when the first Lord Mayor was a woman, we've come on in leaps and bounds.
"A woman has handed over to me and I will hand over to another woman, so that's a forward-thinking council that thinks about the role of women, what women offer, what we can offer and how far we've come in 100 years. That is why I wanted to emphasise that because 100 years ago, I couldn't vote and I wouldn't have been stood there as Lord Mayor."
There will be many events in the forthcoming year, showcasing the work of Mary's three chosen charities which also include the Teenage Cancer Trust and Matthew's hub, a charity working with autistic children.
The women's centre is immensely pleased and proud to be one of the Lord Mayor's charities and is looking forward to taking part in all the Lord Mayor's events.