The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan
I was elected as a Councillor for Millfield Ward, Sunderland in 2011 having lived in Millfield for 30 years.
I have been a widow for seven years, have four children, two grandsons and have always worked in the Solicitors' Practice Scanlans in John Street Sunderland. This was set up by my late husband and I 31 years ago. The practice is now carried on by my daughters Heather Bolton and Victoria O'Neil who are both Solicitors.
I have recently retired as a Magistrate serving the Sunderland and Houghton Benches for almost 25 years, being a Chairman of the Youth and Adult Panels, also a Chairman of the Bench Training and Development Committee, a position which I am proud to say enabled me to serve the community.
During my seven years as a Councillor I have been appointed to various committees including City Services Scrutiny, Chairman of East Area Place Board and Cabinet Assistance for Children's Services being involved in the setting up of the new Children's Company, Together for Children.
I was inaugurated into the Office of the Mayor as the Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland at the Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony which was held on Wednesday 16 May 2018. Assisting me will be my Consort, Mr Micky Horswill. I have worked with Micky for over 20 years on many fundraising activities and I am sure you will all know Micky as a player in the 1973 FA Cup Winning Team at Sunderland AFC. Our aim is to work together to raise as much funds as possible for our three chosen charities.
Six years ago I was appointed by Sunderland City Council to the Sunderland and County Durham Society for the Blind as a Trust Member. During those six years I have helped in their fundraising activities and now hold the position of Chairperson. This charity will be one of my chosen charities this year.
Hope Spring is another charity I will be supporting which I was introduced to by Micky. The charity is located in the heart of Sunderland and seeks to serve the various physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young people. They have a highly committed team of trained staff and full time volunteers providing support and care for some of the most vulnerable people in the city. They have recently opened a Mother and Baby Unit, providing home and support for young women in the care system and are soon to open a School for young people in Sunderland who have complex issues.
I am also supporting the NSPCC Childline Service for children. Since Childline started 30 years ago they have helped over 4 million children and young people. The trained counsellors are there for children and young people 24 hours a day every day of the year and receive no financial assistance other than through charitable donations.
Councillor David Snowdon will be supporting me as Deputy Mayor for the ensuing year and I am very much looking forward to working with him.