Neasden charity boss honours supporters at the Ghana High Commission

Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye Dr KB Asante and his wife Dzagbele Matilda Asante

Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye Dr KB Asante and his wife Dzagbele Matilda Asante - Credit: Archant

A prolific charity giver from Neasden has recognised a Ghanian couple for the support they have offered her over the years.

Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye, founder of the Mission Dine Club, presented retired diplomat Dr Kwaku Baprui Asante and his wife Dzagbele Matilda Asante, with an ornate certificate made by a young artist in her homeland Ghana,

Dr Assante, a former High Commissioner to the UK and aide to Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, was speaking at the Ghana High Commission in Highgate.

Dame Betty, who lives in Bentham Walk, ran her Mission Dine Club (MCD) in Fry Road, Harlesden, for 25 years holding lunch clubs, social events and hospital visits for the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

Today, the 60-year-old travels from place to place by bus and on foot to offer the same MDC services after Brent Council demolished the vital popular centre in 2011 to expand a school.

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The Ghanaian born Dame was honoured for her services to charity in 1997 and was the first black woman to hold the title.

She said: ““I’m humbled that Dr Asante and his wife find the time to support me, whether here in London, or in Ghana.”

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