Chair’s chosen charities

August 31 2015

TWO charities will benefit from Cllr Erica Williams’ year in office as Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

TWO charities will benefit from Cllr Erica Williams’ year in office as Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.
The recently appointed Chair will raise funds for Avon Valley Railway in Bitton and Wild Place Project, a Bristol Zoo-run attraction based near junction 17 of the M5.
Cllr Williams said: “I will be supporting two South Gloucestershire-based charities during my term in office; the Avon Valley Railway and the Wild Place Project.
“I chose the Avon Valley Railway, not only because it is in my ward but because I worked with the previous Chairman Bob Hitchings MBE who sadly passed away earlier this year. He was focussed on not only restoring the station and engines but providing an exciting environment for all ages. All the staff are dedicated to ensuring that we embrace our heritage and they deserve the support.
“The Wild Place Project, my second charity was chosen, after I had the honour to open the new cheetah exhibit on May 14 this year. Set in beautiful grounds, providing a unique experience for everyone. They rely on visitors and local sponsors to continue their work by raising awareness of those animals that are endangered. Everyone who works there are very driven and their work is inspirational and so very important.”
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the council are elected each year at the council’s annual meeting and represent the council at civic functions, as well as chairing full meetings of council.