Local resident Molly Samuel-Leport MBE organised a fundraising dinner in Chingford to raise money for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Samuel-Leport, 56, is a former European and world champion in karate. The event was held at the Indian Dining Club in Chingford and was well supported by a wide range of local residents. Several high profile speakers attended the event, including the founder of the Big Issue magazine Lord Bird, human rights campaigner Judith Barnes and Claire Offord from BridgingAgendas. Local MP Iain Duncan Smith also attended, along with Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park. From an auction held on the night and donations made, over £1,600 was raised for the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation Charity Grenfell Tower fund.
Iain Duncan Smith MP for Chingford and Woodford Green said:
“It was a pleasure to attend this event along with fellow MP Zac Goldsmith. The level of support from local residents across all political parties was very heartening and I congratulate Molly Samuel-Leport for her commendable work in galvanising local support for such a worthy cause.”
Molly Samuel-Leport said:
“With the six month anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire approaching, I wanted to do something to show that those who lost their lives are not forgotten and to support the survivors. As Christmas is also so close, I thought it was important to reflect the traditional values of Christmas, through generosity and compassion for others. I would like to thank all those who came along and for their kind donations.”