Grand Primo Pete Sargent hopes to aid Grimsby's stroke unit
THE newly appointed leader of the Grimsby and district branch of the Royal Antideluvian Order of Buffaloes aims to raise £6,000 for Grimsby's stroke unit during his year in office.
Pete Sargent, 49, has become the third generation of his family to hold the office of Provincial Grand Primo for the organisation.
Pete, who lives at Fir Park, near Market Rasen, joined the group – known as the Buffs for short – in 1982 and wants to use his year in the post to raise £6,000 for the stroke unit at Grimsby's Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital.
He also wants to raise awareness of the organisation's involvement in the community, though he has made it clear he is not asking for cash donations.
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"People need to be made more aware of who we are and what our organisation is about," he said.
Pete's grandfather, Alan William Sargent, held the office in 1972 and his father Brian Nigel Sargent in 1991.
The office holder always takes up the post in January and it runs for 12 months.
The region Pete takes over includes not only Grimsby and Cleethorpes, but stretches into the Wolds to cover places such as Binbrook and Caistor and his own area of Market Rasen.
"We have been involved in charity work in the past year in that we sponsored Jamie Carter, the Paralympic athlete from Binbrook," said Pete.
"It is important people see what we are doing and do not see us a secret society."
Rather than simply ask people to give money, Pete and the Buffs are asking people to donate old mobile phones, CDs, tapes and clothes, and to leave them either at the stroke unit at the hospital or at the following collection points: Asda in Grimsby, and the Cartergate Social Club.
"Two of my family needed the facilities at the stroke unit and I know what fantastic work the unit does," Pete added.
"We urge people to back our 2013 campaign in this way and also get to know what we are about."