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Gateshead Mayor to continue in role

Mayor Michael Hood

Gateshead's Mayor, Councillor Michael Hood, will continue in the role for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gateshead traditionally appoints their Mayor for a one year term starting at the annual council meeting in May. However due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis it was necessary to cancel the meeting and postpone the appointment of a new Mayor. 

The Mayor has nominated Gateshead Foodbank as his chosen charity. 

Councillor Hood said, "I've had an amazing year as Mayor and met many inspirational people who work hard to help others in Gateshead. However we are now living in unprecedented times and it will be an honour to continue to serve the borough as we continue to work through this crisis. 

"I've chosen to continue to support Gateshead Foodbank as the work they do is amazing however during lockdown they have gone above and beyond to help those most in need. The demand for their services has increased like never before, helping double the amount of people in April they would expect to, while donations have reduced due to people respecting the need for social distancing. Although it will be difficult for us to arrange our usual fundraising events for the time being I would encourage people to support Gateshead Foodbank either with direct donations or via the Mayor's Charity. Any donation will make a huge difference to someone in Gateshead." 

To support the Mayor's charity donations can be made directly to Gateshead Foodbank or payments can be made directly to the Mayor's Charity via cheque (made payable to The Mayor of Gateshead) or bank transfer. For more information about donating to the Mayor's Charity please email mayorsoffice@gateshead.gov.uk 

The Mayor will continue to be supported by Councillor Dot Burnett as Deputy Mayor and his wife, Janice Hood, as Mayoress.

Mayor Michael Hood
15 June 2020

Gateshead's Mayor, Councillor Michael Hood, will continue in the role for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gateshead traditionally appoints their Mayor for a one year term starting at the annual council meeting in May. However due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis it was necessary to cancel the meeting and postpone the appointment of a new Mayor. 

The Mayor has nominated Gateshead Foodbank as his chosen charity. 

Councillor Hood said, "I've had an amazing year as Mayor and met many inspirational people who work hard to help others in Gateshead. However we are now living in unprecedented times and it will be an honour to continue to serve the borough as we continue to work through this crisis. 

"I've chosen to continue to support Gateshead Foodbank as the work they do is amazing however during lockdown they have gone above and beyond to help those most in need. The demand for their services has increased like never before, helping double the amount of people in April they would expect to, while donations have reduced due to people respecting the need for social distancing. Although it will be difficult for us to arrange our usual fundraising events for the time being I would encourage people to support Gateshead Foodbank either with direct donations or via the Mayor's Charity. Any donation will make a huge difference to someone in Gateshead." 

To support the Mayor's charity donations can be made directly to Gateshead Foodbank or payments can be made directly to the Mayor's Charity via cheque (made payable to The Mayor of Gateshead) or bank transfer. For more information about donating to the Mayor's Charity please email mayorsoffice@gateshead.gov.uk 

The Mayor will continue to be supported by Councillor Dot Burnett as Deputy Mayor and his wife, Janice Hood, as Mayoress.

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