A COMMUNITY leader has dished out almost £8,000 to local organisations.
Former Leek Town Mayor John Fisher hosted a special event to present cheques to four organisations from funds totalling £7,888, which he raised through his civic year of 2013-2014.
Mr Fisher handed £1,836 each to representatives of The @21 Leek Town Centre Project; Chernobyl Children's Project (Endon & Stoke Branch); The Foxlowe Arts Centre; and Moorlands Homelink.
He had already donated £100 each to the town's two large choirs, The Phoenix Singers and Leek Choral Society, and also £86 each to Leek's two middle and two high school music departments.
The money was raised through a series of fund-raising events which Mr Fisher organised with the help of his wife Pat. They included concerts, meals, civic balls, coffee mornings and a film night, along with a sponsored walk up Ben Nevis.
Mr Fisher said: "I wanted to raise at least £4,000 during my year as Mayor, so to raise almost double is just fantastic. It is thanks to the generosity of friends and local people that these donations today have been made possible."
Roger Warrillow, a trustee of The Foxlowe Arts Centre, said: "John has had a wonderful term as mayor and has done a lot for charity."
Diane Sellars, befriending co-ordinator at Moorland Homelink, said: "This superb amount of money means an awful lot."