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Brentwood’s new mayor was sworn in on Wednesday evening.
Olivia Sanders replaces Keith Parker in the position for the next 12 months.
Cllr Sanders, who is Brentwood’s 29th Mayor, has been ward member of Hutton East for seven years.
She is an NHS radiographer and worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontline at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
Cllr Sanders, said: “Last year was challenging for everyone in so many ways. With us coming out of lockdown and more restrictions lifted this week it seems fitting that I can now step into the role and represent the people of Brentwood as their Mayor which is such an honour.
“I am really looking forward to finally being able to go out and about to support the wide range of events and initiatives that are planned throughout the forthcoming civic year.
“Brentwood is a marvellous place and I plan to do my best to ensure I represent our borough in the most positive way.”
She has chosen four charities for her Mayoral Fundraising this year and said:
“Parkinson’s UK is a charity close to my family and one I wish to support in honour of a dear friend and colleague, John Kerslake who sadly passed away last year. John was well known to many having always supported Brentwood in many ways including as a councillor and deputy leader.
“I also want to help Cardiomyopathy UK, which is a disease that directly affected a friend of mine.
“I also feel it is important to support our much loved St Francis Hospice. The care it provides is incredible and I know it has made so much difference to so many families with the support it offers to individuals with life-limiting illnesses.
“As an animal lover we are most fortunate in Brentwood to have the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. It does an amazing job helping all sorts of animals from all sorts of situations.
“All charities faced a tough time last year with many traditional fundraising events unable to take place so I am really looking forward to helping them all.”