THE NEW Mayor of Bradford is set to put her own twist on fundraising after being formally installed today for her 2019/20 term.

Councillor Doreen Lee will be creating a 'Pot of Gold’ that will fund a variety of charity projects instead of one, as well as pledging her support for Child Bereavement UK.

'Pot of Gold' is not a charity and will see money allocated to charities and individuals who have been successful in applications for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal financial contribution.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

Coun Lee said: "I’m hugely proud and excited to be nominated as Lord Mayor.

“It’s a real honour and I can’t wait to get going, and start promoting good causes and fantastic events across this wonderful district.”

The Keighley-born councillor has served on the council for 13 years as well as being an active supporter of charities.

Coun Lee is a director of Keighley Asian women and children’s centre, an unpaid position which she does on a voluntary basis, and a member of Faith and Light, a Christian association which helps adults with learning difficulties and their families and friends.

People can find out more about the 'Pot of Gold' appeal by contacting the Lord Mayor’s office on 01274 43 4965 or by emailing

Coun Lee (Keighley East, Lab) is taking over from the current Lord Mayor Coun Zafar Ali after being nominated by Labour group colleagues.

The former mayor had been fundraising for Bradford Nightstop, which helps young people at risk of homelessness find a safe place to stay for the night, and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Coun Ali previously told the Telegraph and Argus: “I care about helping people during their whole life. During my mayoral year I want to bring this balance of helping young people get a better start to their adult life, while also supporting those people who are coming to the end of their life.”

Coun Shabir Hussain (Manningham, Lab) will take over as Deputy Lord Mayor from Coun Martin Smith and has also worked on the council for 13 years.

The leader of Bradford Council, Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, said the new mayoral team are both “passionate about serving their respective wards and work tirelessly for their constituents.”

Coun Lee was due to be formally installed today at the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony, which forms part of the Annual Meeting of Bradford Council.