The news that the Mayor of Brighton and Hove is to depart from tradition and select 27 charities to benefit from his time in office, rather than 3 is in my view a good one. I have no idea why historically Mayors have selected only 3 charities to benefit from their fundraising ambitions, but the leap to 27 opens up all sorts of possibilities for charities that may not have benefited otherwise. Of course it remains to be seen if the impact overall is a effective as in previous years. The benefit to most charities of every £1 raised is significant and if this approach from Pete West comes close to raising the £60,000 of last year or £47,000 of the year before, even spread amongst 27 charities, that will undoubtedly be a huge help to all of them.
There is however a small concern that I have having seen the list of charities chosen. There are some charities which seem to have been featured more than once in the lists of 3 from previous years. Perhaps its my imagination. However I know of a number of well known charities in the city that seem to have been overlooked over many years by Mayors from all generations. That is perhaps understandable, if the Mayor is to throw their weight into fundraising they have to believe in the charities concerned. However what is missing based on my previous contact with the Mayors office is any formal way of appealing to incoming Mayors for charities that would like to be included as one of the chosen ones.