HOUNSLOW’s new mayor paid an emotional visit to the cancer centre where his father-in-law received support.
Councillor Pritam Grewal visited the Mulberry Centre, in the grounds of West Middlesex Hospital, last week to learn more about how it helps those affected by cancer.
The centre is one of two charities he has chosen to support during his year in the chains, the other being pan-disability football club the Feltham Bees. Mr Grewal’s visit to the centre's Music in the Garden event, where he was serenaded by members of the West London Sinfonia, was one of his first official appointments since replacing Amrit Mann as mayor last
He spoke to volunteers, staff and users at the charity, which provides support ranging from counselling to welfare and benefits advice.
The Mulberry Centre supports 742 people, including 409 cancer patients, 235 carers and 98 people who have been bereaved.
Mr Grewal said: “A diagnosis of cancer affects the person, their family and friends. My father-in-law had cancer and came here. He and the family benefitted so much from the support of The Mulberry Centre. I am pleased to be supporting
the centre as one of my mayoral charities this year.”
Mr Grewal was joined on his visit on Sunday, May 20 by his wife, Councillor Ajmer Grewal, and deputy mayor Councillor Mindu Bains.
Mulberry Centre director Emma Cartwright (pictured with the mayor) said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the mayor’s charities this year. We know that any monies raised will have a real impact on supporting people with cancer in the local community.”
For more about the Mulberry Centre, call 020 8321 6300 or email email@example.com.