Mayor's charity

The Mayor's Charity Appeal is a registered charity which is set up to help support the Mayor’s chosen charity each year.

The Mayor for 2024-25 is Councillor Debbie Parkinson, who has chosen to raise money for TalkFirst (external link) and Wigan and Leigh Hospice (external link).


TalkFirst logoOur work provides happier lives for children and young people, and their families. We help them resolve conflict, improve relationships and communication, through mediation and direct work with whole families, together and separated parents, and with children.

We want family members to have the good mental health, confidence, and the ability to manage the issues that every-day life presents, and for children to develop resilience, and the ability to aspire and achieve.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Wigan and Leigh hospice logoWigan and Leigh Hospice provides palliative and end of life care to almost 1400 people in the borough every year. This includes caring for people at home, in their care setting and in the 14-bed In-Patient Unit in Hindley.

The hospice also provides training in palliative and end of life care to care homes, homelessness services and other local organisations, as well as offering counselling services, bereavement services and complementary therapies. All of this is only possible thanks to the support of the local community. As a charity, Wigan and Leigh Hospice has to raise £12,000 per day through its fundraising, lottery and shops, just to keep its services going.

Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference to people living in Wigan and Leigh, and there are very few people living in the borough whose lives haven’t been touched by the hospice in some way.

You can find out more at Wigan and Leigh Hospice (external link).

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