The outgoing Mayor of the City of Derby, Mr John Whitby, has smashed his fundraising target by bringing in an astonishing £64,158.67 for his chosen charities during his twelve months in office.

Last August, John set an ambitious £25k fundraising goal for his Mayoral year, aiming to raise money for the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Safe and Sound, Children First, the British Red Cross and the Derby Museums Trust.

Following a series of samosa sales at the Council House and Derby Homes’ London Road depot; a charity quiz night at the Silk Mill Museum and a fundraising dinner at the Slice of India, the target had almost been surpassed by Christmas.

In February, John got his former band The Beyond back together for a one-off gig which raised £5,000, while getting locked up with the city’s business leaders and running the Derby 10K added more than £10,000 to his total.

And last month, a charity ball hosted by John at Derbyshire County Cricket Club topped up the pot by a staggering £25k, thanks to the generous support of guests and local sponsors. Included in that amount was an auctioned painting by the Mayor himself of the Derby Arena, which fetched £500.

Following the announcement of his final fundraising total at Derby City Council’s Annual General Meeting, Mr Whitby said:

I’m delighted to have raised such a substantial amount for some truly terrific charities and hopefully helped to raise their profile along the way.

Our fundraising has been a real shared effort – at the start of my year we set up a group of volunteers from across Derby City Council, Derby Homes and my chosen charities to come up with ideas, chaired by Councillor Baggy Shanker.

Everyone has taken responsibility for different events leading to an action packed twelve months. I couldn’t have done it without Baggy and the team’s support.

Reflecting on his time in office, John added:

I’ve been astounded at the warmth and generosity of the people I’ve met and those who have helped me along the way. It’s been a tremendous privilege to act as First Citizen of Derby and it’s one I’ll never forget.

Whether I’ve been selling samosas, getting locked up or putting myself through the Derby 10K, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself.