Cold as Ice

Friend --

Can you believe the summer holidays are nearly over? The holidays have certainly flown by for me - whether it’s been holding my regular advice surgeries, attending meetings in Tooting or in Parliament, or helping local residents with problems with passport delays or school place appeals. I hope whatever you've done this summer, you’ve had chance to enjoy time with your family and friends and enjoy the sunshine.

Cold as ice 

Never has checking your facebook or twitter been so nerve wracking - and as a long term supporter and Patron of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND)  charity I knew it was only a matter of time until I was nominated for..

..the Ice Bucket Challenge.

In case you have missed it, the #MNDIceBucketChallenge is an online campaign where participants are challenged to throw a bucket of ice water over their heads before passing the challenge on to three other people who must accept the challenge within 24 hours. The campaign aims to raise awareness of MND and much-needed funds for the charity that supports it, the MND Association (participants are encouraged to donate £5). It has seen the likes of David Beckham, Tom Hanks and even Bill Gates take part. 

And so, on Tuesday evening, at Tooting Broadway tube station in the pouring rain, I had buckets of ice cold water poured over my head in the name of a good cause. You can check out the video of my Ice Bucket Challenge here – and find out who the three public figures I nominated are… Watch it, enjoy it, but most importantly please donate. All you need to do is text ICED55 £5 to 70070. 

You can also read a piece I wrote about my experience with MND, after a friend of mine, and local Furzedown resident, Gareth, sadly passed away in 2012, and why I was motivated to take part in the challenge here

Just two weeks to go until the street party of the year! 

Without a doubt, the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) Fun Day is always one of the highlights of my year. It sees people of all different ages, faiths and backgrounds come together to celebrate Tooting’s community spirit - and raise lots of money for charity too! Last year it saw over 4,000 people attend, and I reckon as word spreads, this year is going to be the biggest and best yet. It is taking place on Saturday 13th September, on Broadwater Road, and you can expect to find food from around the world, fairground rides, creative arts, craft stalls, fire engines and much more. Click here for more details. As always I’ll be there to join in the fun, and I hope to see you there too.   

Until next time. 

Best wishes,


p.s. Have you had chance to catch the fantastic local film Common People? The film brings together the stories of six Londoners whose lives become intertwined when they encounter an escaped parrot on their local (Tooting!) common. And the film is returning to Tooting for a day of viewings at the Bedford Pub in Balham. Click here to buy tickets, and you can listen to reviews of the film, including my own, here

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