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May 31st, 2018.

Thomas Exley has enjoyed a busy year as Young Mayor of Seaford for 2017-2018 and has raised an incredible amount of money for his chosen project.

His plan was to raise £10,000 for a wheelchair accessible swing, which he hoped to have installed by June 2018. The swing is a piece of play equipment which allows young people in wheelchairs to experience play like any other child. 

He has held many fundraising events throughout the year including:

* Seaford Summer Magic (Raised £2,500)

* Cream Tea on the Bluebell Railway (Raised over £300)

* Chichester Xmas Market (Raised over £200)

* Hampton Court Palace (Raised over £400)

* Blatchington Branch Railway Open Day (Raised £480)

* Alfriston Pantomime Raffle (Raised £500)

* Seaford Christmas Magic (Raised £180)

* Seaford Triathlon (Raised over £100)

* Other fundraising events and generous donations (Raised £400)

With Seaford Town Council’s donation of CIL money (received from developers towards improving the infrastructure of the town), the total amount raised has exceeded the £10,000 target.

A highlight of his year was organising a Celebration Tea at Deans Place Hotel to thank a group of key people who really supported him throughout the year.

Thomas explained: “It has been a real honour to be the Young Mayor of Seaford this year and to have had the opportunity to fundraise for such an amazing project, which will have a lasting impact on our community.

"I am sad to leave the post after two years with the council, but this year has prepared me for life and what is to come in terms of my career and my life ahead.”

Thomas hands over his role to new Young Mayor, Dominic Avey, who will be working alongside his Deputy, James Jenkins, both of whom are looking forward to an exciting year ahead raising funds for new drama and art equipment at Seaford Head School.