Gala evening in honour of Neasden's Dame Betty charity work postponed until next year
PUBLISHED: 18:03 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:03 06 November 2018
A charity gala to honour and continue the work of Neasden's Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye has been postponed until further notice.
As reported in last week’s Brent & Kilburn Times, a night of celebration and fundraising hosted by Mission Dine International (MDI) was due to take place at Tokyngton Community Centre (TCC), in St Michael’s Avenue on Saturday – but the venue is not available.
The gala had already been postponed once after being scheduled at Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre (BPCLC) as, again, the venue was no longer free.
The Mission Dine Club (MDC) charity, founded by Dame Betty in 1985, was rocked by her sudden death in September, aged 72.
Daniel Addy, appointed executive director of MDI by Dame Betty before she died, said: “The gala has been postponed until next year but we will be holding activities in the meantime.”
The pair met in April while at the Ghana High Commission.
The 63-year-old served nine years in the British Army and was later involved in Brent’s anti gun crime campaign Not Another Drop.
He was instrumental in helping Dame Betty set up her charity in Ghana and change its name from the MDC to the MDI.
There are 12 people on the MDI board, he said, after one trustee resigned on Monday.
He said: “This is terrible for me but I’m not going to give up. Who is going to run this mission? I have to fly out to Ghana next week to work on the charity there.
“I was supposed to go with Dame Betty last month to help her launch a youth project out there.
“I will not be back until February so we will hold the gala after that.
“They cannot do it without me as I am the only full time worker.”
The manager of TCC, who declined to give her name, said Mr Addy failed to sign and pay a deposit for the hall in time. She said: “A gentleman wanted an appointment for November 10 and didn’t get it because it was already gone.”
Christopher Boakye, manager of BPCLC, said: “We sent him a booking form but, when he did turn up with it to pay, unfortunately it was too late notice.”