We are absolutely honoured and thrilled to be one of two charities chosen by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Lyn Sharpe, for her 2024/25 term of office.

Each Lord Mayor chooses a charity to raise funds for during their term of office and this year, Cllr Sharpe has chosen us and Period Power, a charity providing girls and women with free sanitary products.

Our Executive Lead, John Webbe said: “We are honoured and delighted to be chosen as one of the two Lord Mayor’s charities this year. A huge thank you to Cllr Lyn Sharpe for her incredible support to our vital work.

“We are proud to have helped over 60 vulnerable families and individuals this year already through providing 130 brand new bed bundles, along with essential bedding and bedclothes, as part of our ongoing Beds for Kids campaign.

“We also partner with local councils and housing associations to offer free items to over 850 households each year without access to essential furniture and appliances, and this support by the Lord Mayor will help with this crucial work.”

The Lord Mayor is the first citizen of the City of Stoke-on-Trent and during their year of office attends parades, charities, community events and visits voluntary organisations and other local authorities.

Councillor Lyn Sharpe, whose consort will be her husband, Kevin Sharpe, also hosts civic receptions and engagements in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour.

Her other chosen North Staffordshire charity, Period Power, donates free sanitary products to girls and women at over 180 publicly-owned buildings in Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council was the first local authority in the country to provide feminine hygiene items in public and staff toilets such as at City Central Library, in Hanley, Fenton Manor sports centre and the Civic Centre in Stoke.

The charity also works to improve period dignity in schools in the region, which led to it supplying more than 80 local schools with products.