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A Message from the Mayor of Ramsgate

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15 July 2019

Mayor of Ramsgate Raushan 2019
As your Mayor, I intend to use my position to bring our community together and encourage inclusiveness and co-operation between people from all walks of life. Ramsgate is a diverse and vibrant town, with huge advantages such as the Royal Harbour, an amazing beach, The Ramsgate Tunnels and a rich history.

I am privileged to be able to nominate and support four charities during my time in office. I have chosen East Kent Mencap (Foresters Hall), The Winter Shelter, The RNLI and Street Trees For Ramsgate.

I have chosen East Kent Mencap because I have a long association with this organisation as my youngest son, Junayd, has special needs. He has spent many happy times at Foresters Hall over the years. As a mother of a special needs child, I am very aware of the vital role places like Foresters Hall serve in terms of support, respite and a place to go.

For those who know me, the choice of the Thanet Winter Shelter will come as no surprise. I have been volunteering at the Shelter since its inception, providing food, clothes, toiletries and fundraising. Due to the increase in severe weather and social hardship over the past few years, the need for the Winter Shelter is more important than ever before. This service has been instrumental in helping the majority of individuals get rehoused, - and receive appropriate counselling and assistance with health problems.

The Ramsgate RNLI, for me, is an obvious choice. As a seaside town, with some very treacherous waters, the RNLI is essential, not just for their volunteers’ life-saving skills, but for the very important role the organisation plays in educating the public about the very real dangers of the water and our need to respect it.

Finally, Street Trees For Ramsgate is a new local environmental organisation which aims to raise funds to regenerate, replace and preserve trees in Ramsgate. Due to climate change, which we can all observe even in our own back gardens, replacing and replenishing trees is a vital step forward to help save our planet.

I intend not just to work for Ramsgate in the present but also to look to the future of our town in years to come.
Written by:
Raushan Ara
Mayor of Ramsgate