Houses of Parliament fundraising tour

Houses of Parliament fundraising tour

The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group of BDH walked in the footsteps of the Queen after Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, invited members to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate its work in the community.

The health charity, which supports sufferers in the borough of Havering, as well as those in Barking and Dagenham, were taken on a tour of the House of Lords and the House of Commons a day after the Queen’s Speech to Parliament.

Members of the group were shown around the famous building in Westminster by Mr Rosindell and saw the throne from which Queen Elizabeth II delivered her speech, before later enjoying a reception and light refreshments in a room off Westminster Hall.

The visit doubled-up as a charity fundraiser with those attending on the day making a contribution to the Group.

Group Project Coordinator Cecilia Shoetan, who was presented with a commemorative framed picture of the Queen by Mr Rosindell in recognition of the Group’s hard work in the community, said: “We raised £600 for the Group, which is absolutely remarkable, and will go towards continuing the support we offer to sufferers and their carers in the local community.

“The tour Mr Rosindell gave was brilliant and we were all so excited to be there and learn about the history of The Houses of Parliament. Everyone who attended was given a certificate signed by Mr Rosindell.

“Tours of Parliament are open to the general public and it’s something I’d recommend to everyone.”

The Group is dedicated to providing advice and support to individuals and their carers living with the genetic conditions, as well as promoting public awareness within the community. For more information, call Cecilia on 07737 295126.

If you would like to make a donation to the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group of Barking, Dagenham and Havering, however small, please visit its JustGiving site at

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