High-flying chairman’s chosen charity really took off!

Cllr David Bowater and Cllr Caroline Maudlin
Cllr David Bowater and Cllr Caroline Maudlin

High-flying chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, Caroline Maudlin, was re-elected for a second term at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday.

And on her last day of this current term, she revealed that she has raised £25,000 over the past year for her chosen charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Cllr Maudlin, who also works part-time for Virgin Atlantic Airways as flight service manager, said: “I’ve loved my role as chairman so I was absolutely delighted to be re-elected for a second term of office.

“I never dreamt that together we could achieve so much – staff, local companies, residents, my own friends and family have all helped me to reach this fantastic figure which should make a real difference to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

“That amount is enough to fund a PhD student and everything they need to research cancer for a whole year.”

As chairman, Cllr Maudlin is ambassador for the council, representing the authority on civic visits and at ceremonial events. Cllr David Bowater was also elected as vice chairman for a second term.

Over the past year Cllr Maudlin has taken part in a wide range of activities.

She said: “I’ve done all sorts! I’ve enjoyed being guest of honour at the Flitwick and Ampthill Sea Cadets Mess Dinner, attending award ceremonies for children in care or young people overcoming disability and organising our glitzy Wow! Here Come The Girls stage show to name a few.

“In one year I seem to have done most things – from running in a school pancake race and coming last, to meeting and chatting with Prince Charles about sticky toffee pudding ale!”

Over the next year, Cllr Maudlin will continue to take part in events and represent the council but will choose a different charity to raise money for. It will be picked with help from staff at the council in the coming weeks.

She added: “I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, inspiring and influential people. It has been a wonderful year and a real privilege to represent the council and the lovely people that live in Central Bedfordshire. I can’t wait to get started on my next term of office and hope that in the past year, as well as raising money, I’ve also spread the message about prevention.

“It’s about healthy lifestyles and regular self-examination so you get early treatment if you find anything out of the ordinary.”