THE next mayor of Newport has selected the two charities he will support when he takes on mayoral chains of office this year.

Newport Labour councillor and mayor-elect John Guy, a former policeman and current deputy mayor, is to back St David’s Foundation Hospice Care and the Alzheimer’s Society.

He is to set to become mayor after this year’s council elections.

Dad-of-two and grandfather-ofsix Cllr Guy told the Argus said members of his family have suffered with Alzheimer’s including his aunt, Jean Orr, who is in her late 70s and lives in Lee-on-the- Solent “There’s various forms of it, you ask anybody and you will find someone that has been stricken with it,” he said.

He added that St David’s Foundation Hospice provides a fantastic service to the community, and had provided care to his former Alway colleague Cllr Ken Powell who died last year after suffering with cancer.

Cllr Guy was born in Stockley, Wiltshire, when his father was in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War.

He joined Monmouthshire constabulary in 1965 and served for 30 years at different locations through Gwent as a patrol sergeant.

He had been a councillor for Alway for 16 years.

Mayoress-elect Joyce Guy was born in Maindee, Newport. After studying at St Julian’s School she worked in the IBM computer department of Whiteheads, and married Cllr Guy in 1965.

Cllr Guy was selected as deputy mayor last year – meaning he is set to become the next citymayor at the next annual Newport council meeting likely to be in May.

Current mayor Margaret Cornelious is continuing to raise money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Growing Space charities.