£44,000 boost to Salford charities as new Ceremonial Mayor installed

Councillor Gina Reynolds has presented cheques to three local organisations after a year of fundraising.

A total of £44,425.15 was raised by Councillor Gina Reynolds in her year as the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford. St Ann’s Hospice (Little Hulton), START and Agnes Hopkins Community Centre all received a cheque for £14,808.38. Councillor Reynolds nominated all three charities at the start of her year in office.

And now the chains have passed to Councillor Tanya Burch who is the new Ceremonial Mayor of Salford for 2024 to 2025. She was installed at a special ceremony at Salford Civic Centre on Wednesday 15 May. 

Councillor Tanya Burch was born in Lviv, Ukraine, in November 1970 when Ukraine was a part of the USSR. She went to the primary and secondary school No75 in her hometown and in 1995 completed her Batchelor’s degree in Romano-Germanic Languages, including English, at Lviv State University. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, she volunteered as an interpreter for numerous charities from English speaking countries to improve her command of English. 

Even though she was raised an atheist, Tanya found her faith in Jesus Christ and started working for Christian Faith Ministries International, a UK based Assemblies of God church. In 1996 she was invited to visit the CFMI in Tameside, UK, where she met her husband Phil. Having realised that they were soulmates, Phil and Tanya were married that very year. Now, 28 years later, they have been blessed with two daughters. 

Councillor Burch has represented Ordsall for 10 years and has just been re-elected. She takes her role very seriously and is committed to the prosperity and wellbeing of Ordsall residents. In 2023 she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an MBA with Distinction. Her dissertation was the research of employment opportunities in Media City UK for young people of Ordsall. 

Councillor Burch said: “I am overwhelmed with the honour and privilege to have an opportunity to be the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, serving the city together with my husband as the Consort and one of my daughters as the Mayoress.

“It promises to be a very exciting year and a huge well done goes to Councillor Reynolds who raised a significant amount for local charities during her term in office.” 

Mayoress Miss Hannah Burch, Consort Philip Burch, Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Councillor Tanya Burch, Nigel Fleming and Tom Stannard

Councillor Burch will be joined in her year in office by Consort, Mr Philip Burch, her husband and Mayoress, Miss Hannah Burch who is her daughter. 

The Ceremonial Mayor is responsible for carrying out civic duties on behalf of the council. This is a different role to the elected Salford City Mayor.  

Find more details about the Ceremonial Mayor and her charities.



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