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Chairman's Charity

2023/24 Chairman - Councillor Bernard Arscott

Serving the Homeless

Registered Charity no. 1018354

Serving the Homeless is an interdenominational community project representing the following six churches in the Leigh on Sea area:

St Barnabas Anglican Church; St Margaret's Anglican Church; Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church; Highlands Methodist Church; New Road Methodist Church (The Fishermen's Chapel) and St Clements Anglican Church

The charity was formed in 1990 in response to the growing number of people finding themselves homeless in Southend and the surrounding areas.  After initial consultations with other groups working with the homeless, it was discovered that the provision for young people, who became homeless, through no fault of their own, was particularly deficient.  It was decided that the representatives would recommend to their churches that a joint community project be started to address this need.


Each year the Council's Chairman will select a charity that they would like to support throughout their term.

Any events and initiatives run throughout the year support the charity as much as possible.  In addition the Chairman may organise activites too.  All proceeds and donations are given to the Chairman's elected charity.

2022/2023 - Gold Geese 

Presentation to Gold Geese

Past Chairman Keith Evans raised £4,000 for his charity Gold Geese.  The largest amount ever raised by a Chairman of Leigh Town Council

Previous Chairmans' Charity donations

 Year  Chairman Chosen Charity 

 Amount Raised

 22/23  Keith Evans  Gold Geese  £4000.00
 21/22  Doug Cracknell  Southend Phab  £1000.00
 20/21  Paul Gilson  The Endeavour Trust  £0
 19/20  Jill Healey  Age Concern Southend  £948.58
 18/19   Valerie Morgan  Southend YMCA  £1060.95
 17/18  Jane Ward  Alzheimer's Research UK  £268.70
 16/17   Carole Mulroney  Fisherman's Society   £473.67
 15/16   Richard Herbert  Southend Junior Phab & Thursday Club  £543.72
 14/15  Richard Herbert  Sycamore Fund & Thursday Club  £683.12
 13/14  Caroline Parker  Sycamore Fund  £657.73