Gala dinner raises £6,000 for Stonebridge charity

Johnny Kalsi, Founder of the Dhol Foundation, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws
Councillor Pa

Johnny Kalsi, Founder of the Dhol Foundation, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of the Shaws Councillor Parvez Ahmed, the Mayor of Brent, Jonathan Hill and Ruby Sayed, Chair of the Asian Women's Resource Centre (Pic: Lopa Patel) - Credit: Archant

A fundraising gala dinner in Wembley raised more than £6,000 in support of vulnerable and marginalised women and girls.

The event for The Asian Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) based in Stonebridge was held at the Crystal Club in South Way on Friday.

Among the 200 guests were dignitaries including the Cllr Parvez Ahmed, mayor of Brent and Dr Irar Hussain, the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan. The AWRC equips disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized women and girls from the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities experiencing domestic and sexual abuse with therapeutic and skills based programmes to facilitate independence and integration into mainstream society.

Established 37 years ago, the organisation offers free, confidential and non-judgmental service through direct advice, information,

counselling, advocacy, outreach and support services as well as education and training opportunities.

The gala was sponsored by Tesco, The Dhol Foundation, Persona HR, Crystal Events & Management, Aby of Mango Bollywood and Bhangra Club,

Lavenham Priory (Suffolk) and Tom Rout Cinematography.

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