EFFORTS to improve Bognor Regis Pier have been boosted by the outgoing town mayor in the town’s annual road race.
Cllr Paul Wells completed the Bognor Prom 10k in just over an hour and five minutes to raise some £600 for the Bognor Pier Trust.
His first entry into a race enabled him to take his total amount for the trust in the past year to about £7,400.
Sunday’s race was the final effort for his mayoral charity, having handed over the chain of office to his successor, Cllr Tony Gardiner, the previous Monday.
Cllr Wells said: “I’m happy with the time I finished the race in, considering I only started training in January.
“It was a very enjoyable day in the race and a fantastic occasion. I’d do it again without any hesitation.
“But it was tough going for all the runners in the heat. The main thing, though, was that I finished the race.”
The amount he raised delighted him.
“I’m really pleased I was able to raise so much,” he said. “It has been a fantastic year.
“It has certainly highlighted the work of the pier trust and. hopefully, it will help them going forward.
“It will help them with the expense of finding out the feasibility of what they want to achieve in the future.”
Cllr Wells handed over a cheque for the amount he had raised up to the council meeting to the trust’s chairman, Nick Stuart-Nicolson.
The £7,250 reflected the number of events he had attended and the willingness of people to support the pier.
“I have been supporting the Bognor Pier Trust this year,” he told those at the meeting, “and trying to raise the profile of their aim to bring the pier back into community ownership with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
He said the cheque presentation was a highlight of a year which he had completely enjoyed.
“This year has been a fantastic year in terms of going round the town meeting all the organisations in Bognor.
“We have a fantastic town with a huge number of people doing a lot for the town and putting a lot of effort in trying to make a difference.”
Mr Stuart-Nicolson thanked Cllr Wells for the sizeable donation.
“Paul has done a lot in the town this year,” he said.
He gave a brief history of the pier, which will be 150 years old next May, and put its longevity into context by stating work on it began before Queen Victoria came to the throne.
Cllr Wells’ fundraising efforts were boosted by £298.95 raised by a non-uniform day at Rose Green Junior School.
He thanked its headteacher, Philip Craig, and the pupils and their parents and carers for their support.
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