RYDE Mayor, Cllr Michael Lilley, is raising money for the ‘Mayor’s Charity’ as he takes a dip in his annual Boxing Day swim at Waterside Community Trust.

Cllr Michael Lilley is taking a swim at Waterside Pool in Ryde to raise money for the Mayor's Charity, and donations will go to Ryde’s most vulnerable over the Christmas period.

In the lead up to Christmas, he toured the town visiting local venues and businesses to leave donation buckets.

He will also be selling his children’s book - Papa Owl - from venues throughout Ryde, with all the funds going to the charity.

Cllr Lilley, said: “This appeal is to make sure every Ryde resident, whatever their age, has this opportunity and has a chance of growth in 2022.

“There are a range of Ryde organisations, community groups and volunteers who will be focusing on support for the most vulnerable in the town this Christmas, and they need our support.

“It is a hard winter during this pandemic, please help those who have it the hardest".

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jenna Sabine, joined in the fun by transforming into a human advent calendar to raise funds, with an array of incredible Christmas outfits each day.
Isle of Wight County Press: Some of Cllr Jenna Sabine's Christmas outfits. Picture courtesy of Ryde Town Council.Some of Cllr Jenna Sabine's Christmas outfits. Picture courtesy of Ryde Town Council.
She said: “There will be a collection box at Monkton Arts, and thank you to our Mayor Michael Lilley, and the team at Ryde Town Council, for getting the charity set up.”