Big-hearted Belper Town Councillors who are used to the cut-and-thrust of local politics have shown they are also game for a laugh as they took a good soaking in the name of charity.
Town Mayor Dan Booth roped in his colleagues to take to the stocks and join him on the receiving end of a wet sponge stall to help raise money for his chosen charity for 2015.
Coun Booth said: “People can give us a bit of stick at times and they might have different political views but by taking part in this wet sponge stall they could enjoy a little revenge and join us in raising money for a very good cause.”
The stall was held during Belper’s monthly Farmer’s Market on Saturday and revellers made a donation to throw a sponge at the councillors to raise money for Risley’s Treetops Hospice which helps patients and families from the region.
Councillors who joined the Mayor included Neil McCready, Gary Spendlove, Sean Allison, Peter Hurst, Joe Booth and Tim Sutton and they helped raise £135 towards the Mayor’s Charity.
The stall was held in the Monki Do Tattoo car park and opposite the Black Swan pub which provided fundraising drinks and cakes for everyone who had a go at throwing sponges at the council.
Coun Booth explained that with the council’s support he aims to raise about £3,000 and he is already planning a return to the market with wet sponges for councillors to do a sponsored car wash on October 10.
Other planned fundraising events include a sky-dive and a concert.
Coun Booth added: “Treetops Hospice is a fantastic charity that does a great deal for the people of Belper with end-of-life care and bereavement support.”