Retiring Warwick District Council chairman leaves lasting legacy

His chosen chairman's charity for the year was the British Heart Foundation

The outgoing chairman of Warwick District will be leaving behind a last legacy with both the supporting of charity and community projects.

During the final weeks of Cllr Martyn Ashford’s tenure he had two important meetings.

The first was to present a cheque for £10,000 to his chosen Chairman’s Charity, the British Heart Foundation

Councillor Ashford and Karen Robinson BHF at Warwick Castle. Photo supplied

The donation was made possible thanks to the generosity of bereaved families kindly allowing the recycling of orthopaedic implants from Oakley Wood Crematorium through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s Recycling of Metals Scheme.

Karen Robinson, fundraising manager for the British Heart Foundation said: "We are so grateful to Councillor Ashford for choosing the BHF as his chosen charity for the duration of his year as Chairman.

"The devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that the BHF’s investment in new research has fallen by around £50 million this year.

"This research is entirely fuelled by the generous donations of the public, and that’s why we need their support now, more than ever.”

Councillor Ashford with town councillor Noel Butler and RCW Chairman Gary Vella. Photo supplied

The second diary date was a visit to Racing Club Warwick to see for himself the new all-weather football pitch recently completed as part of an 18-month long project to upgrade the Warwick District Council owned venue.

Cllr Ashford said: “Having been down to the club before work started to meet the players and volunteers, it’s really rewarding to see this wonderful new pitch in action.

"I’m so glad to see signs that our community is returning to normality after a very difficult year.”