Councillor Kath Pratt has been elected as Mayor of Hyndburn 2021/2022 during a ceremony in the Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall on Thursday 22 May.
The event followed strict Covid-safety measures and a further event will be held later this year to commemorate the occasion.
Councillor Kath Pratt, Mayor of Hyndburn:
“It is with pleasure I accept the Mayoral duty and thank you all for this honour. I hope to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor, Councillor June Harrison, who has worked with unswerving dignity and dedication as a wonderful ambassador for our borough.
“I will continue the fantastic work she has done throughout her time in office, working tirelessly to raise vital funds for local charities. I am looking forward to learning more about the people and organisations that form our vibrant Hyndburn community and attending many events, when it is safe to do so.
“Although the ceremony was held differently this year with social distancing in place, it was wonderful to see all the elected members in the magnificent ballroom. After so many months of meetings taking place virtually it was great to have the opportunity to come together.”
Mayor of Hyndburn, Cllr Kath Pratt, has been a councillor for Baxenden for 14 years and has worked closely with many charities throughout the years. For her term as Mayor, Cllr Pratt has chosen to support: RNLI, Pioneer Swimming Club, Rosemere Charity and will also choose a local mental health charity.
“There are so many wonderful organisations and charities, it was a difficult decision who to support with the Mayoral Charity Fund. I have chosen charities that mean something to me personally and that I know do fantastic work.”
Cllr Kath Pratt is treasurer of the RNLI Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Branch, a Coach and Trustee at Pioneer Swimming Club and will be supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundation, after losing loved ones to cancer.
“I will also be choosing a local mental health charity to support. My previous work experience in Mental Health has led me to be concerned about ‘Revolving Door Syndrome’ which is where people recover from illness, then relapse. This is a risk to anyone with a mental health condition and something which I feel passionately about helping to combat, especially as the last year has meant many more people are suffering with their mental health.”