Former Welwyn Hatfield mayor breaks fundraising record
A NEW record for most money raised by a Welwyn Hatfield mayor has been set by Councillor Kim Langley.
Cllr Langley raised a phenomenal �20,300 for her two mayor’s charities – the Willow Foundation and the Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge – beating the previous record by around �7,000.
She handed over cheques for �10,150 each to representatives from both charities at the Welwyn Hatfield Council AGM on Monday (May 24).
But despite her achievement, Cllr Langley said she could have done more.
Speaking before she handed the mayoral chain over to Howard Morgan on Monday, she said: “I’m a greedy sales rep, I always want more!
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“But I’m absolutely delighted the community has come together [to raise this amount].
“This isn’t just me raising this money. It’s team work between myself, my husband, the mayor’s office, the Hatfield town mayor, council officers, businesses and the community around.
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“If it weren’t for that fantastic team we wouldn’t have achieved that record amount.”
Cllr Langley also thanked the WHT, where she has been a regular feature over the past year – despite claiming to hate having her picture taken.
“You all know how much I hate having my picture taken,” she said. “But the reporters and photographers have made it so that it’s been a laugh, and the WHT has promoted a lot of the events I’ve gone to, to show we have issues that need to be addressed.”
She added: “But this borough is not as bad as some people want to make it out to be.
“My job has been to show all that’s good in the borough, and I hope I’ve done that. I hope I haven’t let anybody down.”
Having completed her term as mayor, Cllr Langley plans to visit family in America for a holiday, before returning to represent her Hatfield West ward.