Icy challenge gets the mayor’s vote

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They are usually seen in formal regalia, representing the city and attending civic ceremonies.

But Preston’s first citizens swapped the mayoral chains for freezing water as they took part in the ice bucket challenge.

Nick Pomfret ice bucket challenge

Nick Pomfret ice bucket challenge

Coun Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara were given a soaking by their family to raise money for three charitable causes.

The pair braved buckets of freezing water and made donations to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Macmillan Cancer Support and St Catherine’s Hospice.

The Mayor was given a double drenching, after both his son, Craig, and eight-year-old granddaughter Paige, poured buckets of icy water over his head.

Coun Pomfret said: “I wasn’t going to do it, I was fully clothed, watching.

“Barbara did it and my son was the last one and he nominated me.

“I thought I’m either going to look like I’m not going to take part, or I’ll have to get on with it.”

As the hospice is the mayor’s chosen charity during his term of office, he is now asking anyone who likes his video to make a donation to St Catherine’s.

He said: “The success of the ice bucket challenge campaign has been phenomenal, and it has been amazing to see it raise so many funds and awareness for two very important causes. I also wanted to donate to St Catherine’s which does such vital work here in the local community in Preston.

“I hope people have a bit of a laugh watching my video and if they do, that they might be inspired to make a donation to the hospice to help it continue providing its specialised care.”

To donate to the mayor’s charity of the year appeal for the hospice, visit www.justgiving.com/MayorofPreston/.
To donate to St Catherine’s by text, sent HOSPICE to 70003 to donate £3.