Michael Bear becomes Vice President of Coram
Alderman Michael Bear has been appointed Vice President of Coram in recognition of the extraordinary commitment and support he has given the charity during his year as Lord Mayor of the City of London.
Coram was lead beneficiary of the Lord Mayor's Appeal 2011 Bear Necessities – Building Better Lives, which has had a successful year of unprecedented events, including the Guildhall's first Rock concert and the first Georgian Ball in living memory at Mansion House.
Thanks to the Appeal, lead beneficiary Coram will be able to help a further 10,000 children this year. This legacy means that schools in deprived boroughs of East London are being able to benefit from Coram’s pioneering Life Education programme which helps children manage drug and alcohol risks and take responsible life choices.
Some of the funds will go to Coram’s adoption work, acclaimed for finding loving families for adoptive children, particularly those who are hard to place, like siblings and older children. The charity has recently been appointed strategic partner of the Department for Education, to help local authorities improve their adoption services.
Coram’s Chief Executive, Dr Carol Homden said: "We wanted to recognise everything that Michael Bear has done for Coram, not just in terms of funds but for the profile he has given our charity over this past year. We are delighted that we will carry on receiving his expertise and support as we continue to create better chances for children."
The Appeal’s other beneficiary, international disaster relief charity RedR, has also appointed Alderman Bear Vice President. Thanks to his help, RedR has been able to expand it's South Sudan training base into an East Africa hub and strengthen its links between the humanitarian and commercial sectors.
Highlights from the Lord Mayor's Appeal 2010-11:
Coram's float and Alderman Michael Bear at The Lord Mayor's Show (Nov 2010), Katie Melua at City Rocks (Feb 11) and the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress at The Georgian Ball (Sept 11)