Around £5,000 was raised for local charities by the Mayor of Hounslow at her inaugural dinner at the weekend.
The Mayor, Councillor Ajmer Grewal welcomed dignitaries and guests, communities, business and faith leaders from across the borough, to join her at what is the beginning of her mayoral year.
Held at the Lampton Park Conference Centre, next to the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, over 300 guests enjoyed a sit-down meal followed by live musical performances and a disco.
Those attending also showed their generosity in the auction and raffle during the evening.
All money raised at the event will be split between The Alzheimer’s Society and Hounslow Association for the Blind, the two charities chosen by the Mayor for her term in office.
The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia, support and research charity, helping those affected by dementia and their families and carers. It provides information and support, funds medical and social research and campaigns for a better quality of life for sufferers and a greater understanding of the condition.
The Hounslow Association for the Blind, is a branch of the Middlesex Association for the Blind. It provides support for those residents that are blind or have visual impairment, enabling them to lead full, active and independent lives with a number of different services.
These include a one-to-one rapid response service, a home visiting service, employment service, Braille and IT training and the use of resource centres where users can try out special equipment that could help them in their daily lives.
A special video detailing the work of the two charities was shown before the auction and raffle got underway, with prizes donated by local businesses and Barclays Bank offering to double the amount raised for each prize.
During the evening, there were performances by former Hounslow’s Got Talent winner singer Megan Price, Hounslow Music Service and the Jashan Jawani Dance Group.
Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Grewal said: “It was a wonderful evening and I want to thank everyone who attended and gave their time and money, to what are two very worthwhile causes that will benefit so much from the funds raised.
“I want to thank all who worked hard behind the scenes to make this event happen. It is a great start to my Mayoral year, to see so many people and I look forward to attending many more events, meeting many more people and raising funds and awareness for the two charities over the forthcoming months.”