By Elham Asaad Buaras
MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, hosted over thirty local NGOs and charities on October 9 at a reception in the Houses of Parliament.
Among the charities represented are Furzedown Annual Charity Events, South London Swimming Club, Tara Arts, representatives from local mosques, temples and churches, the Balham and Tooting Community Association, Age UK and Ronald McDonald House.
Much-valued local groups and their dedicated volunteers were welcomed to Parliament, and thanked by Khan for the important work that they do to support the people of Tooting.
Organisations were encouraged to network and to build connections with groups they can work together with in the future. Guests were also treated to a tour of Parliament.
Speakers at the event included St George’s Hospital CEO Miles Scott, local Councillor Rex Osborn and Kate Allen from Balham and Tooting Community Association.
Khan MP said: “This is the first time we have ever had so many locally-based community organisations, and their volunteers, together in one room, and what a success it has been! The strength of the community spirit we have in Tooting really shone through.
Jeanette Hill, Manager of Ronald McDonald House in Tooting which is set in the grounds of St George’s hospital provides a “home away from home” for families whose children are undergoing treatment at the hospital, said: “It has been valuable to make so many great connections, but most importantly it has been really special to experience the community spirit amongst all these different local organisations, in one place.”
Alan Feast, from Furzedown Annual Charity Events, said, “I was gobsmacked by the number of local organisations who attended the event, who are all working hard to support our community. The evening has really shown how we can develop what we do as an organisation.