Outgoing Mayor Samia Haq, who in 2017 became the county's first female Muslim mayor, had raised £42,000 for her chosen charity, Leicester Children’s Hospital. A further £8,000 was pledged on the final week of her term, bringing the total to an incredible £50,000 over the municipal year.
Cllr Samia Haq paid tribute and gave the personal reason for her chosen Mayor’s charity: “I chose the charity not only because of the excellent and compassionate care the NHS staff provides to poorly children but also because my daughter, my princess Mariam was treated there for ten years. Mariam was a special needs child and sadly passed away in 2009.
“We cannot repay the huge debt of gratitude that we owe the NHS, but can show our appreciation by giving something back and that was reason for me to choose this charity.
“The amazing amount raised is a combination of generosity from family and friends, contributions from a wide range of community groups and collections from the much valued residents of Oadby and Wigston themselves.”
When reflecting on her year as Mayor of the Borough, a proud Samia added: “It has been a huge privilege and honour to serve the Borough of Oadby and Wigston. The whole year has been an amazing experience which has been made all the more special by the amazing success of my charity appeal. The heart of the that success really has been the generosity of our residents!”
At the Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) the outgoing Mayor also took time to thank her fellow Councillors, the Council’s Senior Management, the Deputy Mayor, the Mayor’s Secretary and her family for all their support during the past year.
The AGM which was held at the Council Offices in Wigston on 15 May 2018 and witnessed Cllr David Carter elected as the new Mayor of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston for 2018-2019 with Cllr Lynda Eaton JP elected to the Office of Deputy Mayor.