Brent Mayor drops in at surprise party for dedicated Willesden grandmother

Family and friends rally round for Louise Garwood’s 70th birthday

A Willesden grandmother who dedicated her life to looking after more than 40 children was given a surprise party to celebrate a landmark birthday.

Louise Garwood had friends and family rally round her to commemorate her selfless life with a special party at the Unity Centre in Church Road, Harlesden.

Aside from raising seven children and seven grandchildren, Louise also opened her home up to youngsters as a foster mother, taking in nearly 30 children between 1983 and the late 1990s.

“I love to see the smile on children’s faces” she explained.


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“Even if you don’t have anything yourself, if you can make a child happy, you feel a million dollars”.

Her eldest daughter Thelma, who helped organise the party, explained why they felt her mother should be honoured.

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She said: “She has never been recognised for any of what she has done. She is so humble and has dedicated her life to looking after others – so to do something for her alone was really lovely.”

Mayor of Brent, Councillor, Aslam Choudrhy, attended to wish her a happy birthday and Louise expressed her joy at the surprise visitor.

She said: “It was a lovely surprise. The Mayor told me he was here to say happy birthday to me. I couldn’t believe it.

“It’s lovely know that you are appreciated and to have your family around you.”

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