Employees from the City of Wolverhampton Council and the city’s schools have raised over £3,300 for former Mayor Councillor Elias Mattu’s charities by taking part in a dress down day.
The Proud To Be Wolves event last month was organised by the council’s education team and invited schools, their pupils and council employees to celebrate everything positive in the city. Participants were encouraged to wear bright clothes and share what makes them proud of Wolverhampton using the hashtag #Proud2BeWolves.
In doing so, they raised £3,314.57 for the late Councillor Mattu’s chosen charities – Street Pastors, Sickle Cell Care, Interfaith Wolverhampton, the Alzheimer’s Society, Central Youth theatre and Acorns.
His widow Councillor Asha Mattu said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by the amount raised by the city’s schools and employees at the council.
“The money raised will make such a difference to the charities and the local people that they support.
“The statements shared by the young people of what makes them proud of their city were heart-warming, and their parents and schools should equally be very proud of such positivity displayed by their children.”
All schools that took part were entered into a prize draw with St Luke’s CofE Primary School winning a class visit to the Mayor’s Parlour and Rakegate Primary School scooping a visit from Wolverhampton Wanderers mascots Wolfe and Wendy.
Others who took part included Bantock, Castlecroft, Fallings Park, Field View, Grove, St Andrew’s, Stow Heath, Oak Meadow and Westacre schools, and a slideshow of Proud To Be Wolves charity day activities can be seen at https://youtu.be/nkH9tyUJ-9Y.
Councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It’s great to see so many of our fantastic schools taking part in this very worthwhile event, having fun, celebrating their City and raising lots of money for charity in the process.”
Councillor Asha Mattu meets pupils at St Luke’s CofE Primary School in Blakenhall who took part in the dress down day which helped to raise thousands of pounds for former Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Elias Mattu’s chosen charities.