Popular former Hounslow mayor Andy Morgan-Watts topped off his triumphant year as first citizen by revealing he has raised an impressive £40,000 for charity.
The outgoing mayor, who handed the ceremonial hat and chain over to Cllr Genevieve Hibbs a month ago, admitted he was 'stunned' when he heard the final total at a council meeting last week.
Cllr Morgan-Watts, who represents Hanworth, said he had not tried to find out the figure before because he wanted the 'joy of learning it at the same time as everyone else'.
The grand total of £40,739 will be shared between his chosen charities; Cancer Research UK, The Shooting Star Trust and Hounslow Alzheimer's Society.
The 58-year-old grandfather said: "I chose charities that are close to my heart and I look forward to handing them their cheques. This money was raised thanks to the generosity of people in Hounslow, and I sincerely thank them for their support."
As mayor, Cllr Morgan-Watts, assisted by Cllr Caroline Andrews as deputy mayor, attended hundreds of events across the borough, presided at citizenship ceremonies and chaired council meetings.
He quickly proved a popular choice with residents because of his sense of showmanship and willingness to throw himself into any situation he was asked to, including an afternoon of Hula-Hooping in full mayoral robes.
Cllr Morgan-Watts, who has lived in Hanworth all his life and worked as a councillor for 10 years, said: "I was immensely proud to be Mayor of Hounslow and loved every minute of it. It's a terrific honour and I had a wonderful time meeting some amazing people."
New mayor Cllr Hibbs led a standing ovation in tribute to his efforts.