Christmas concert in Banbury helps worthy causes

Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham presents a cheque to Kieron Mallon, president of the town's Royal British Legion. NNL-151221-103208001
Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham presents a cheque to Kieron Mallon, president of the town's Royal British Legion. NNL-151221-103208001

An evening of festive music raised hundreds of pounds for charities and good causes in Banbury.

This year’s Celebration of Christmas concert in the town hall on December 5 raised a total of £660 from ticket sales.

The proceeds have been divided between the town’s Royal British Legion branch (RBL), the Women’s Refuge in Banbury, and the mayor of Banbury’s charity fund.

The Women’s Refuge and the RBL each received £250.

At a cheque presentation last Wednesday, Kieron Mallon, RBL president said: “The RBL provides financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, to their families and their dependents.

“The Banbury branch is particularly active within the local community and this contribution is very welcome.”

For the Women’s Refuge, Karen Diver, of ODAS, the Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Service funded through Oxfordshire County Council, added: “We are here to provide a confidential, safe and secure environment for women and their children who are escaping from domestic abuse.

“This donation has made Christmas and the New Year more enjoyable for those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves sheltering at this refuge.”

And town mayor Tony Mepham said he was pleased to have given the money to two worthy causes.

He said: “I am pleased to have presented this money to these two extremely worthy causes. I know it will be spent wisely.”

“The remaining £160 will go into my charity fund, and, with money raised throughout the year, will be shared between other good causes in Banbury when my term of office comes to an end in May 2016.

”The concert, organised by Banbury Town Council, was a special occasion and I’d like to thank everyone who took part and all those who attended on the night.”