Croydon is alive and kicking, from lady toastmaster Vanessa King
22nd September 2011
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Croydon is alive and kicking, from lady toastmaster Vanessa King


Over four days in early August 2011 we saw images that we thought long

past. Images of burning and looting that we thought had been consigned

to the history of the turbulent 1970s. At the time, many ordinary

people believed Britain was on a downhill slide into chaos, brought

about by the selfish behaviour of our disenfranchised youth.


It wasn’t long, however, before we realised that our so-called

disenfranchised youth are only a very small part of our society.

There’s a very much larger part that rarely makes it onto the

television screens. That part picks up brooms and bags and collects

rubbish. They make tea and lend a hand. They get together and raise

funds to help businesses and individuals whose insurance was

insufficient to cover the loss they suffered.


On Thursday 15th September 2011 it was my privilege to be toastmaster

at a fundraiser hosted by The Best of Croydon where over £3,000 was raised

to support those affected.



Dozens of local business people gathered for an evening of fabulous jazz music provided by Jazz Nights, a tasty spread from Buffets by Design, a silent auction and raffle of some fantastic prizes donated by the local business community.

Parenting expert and local Sue Atkins spoke about the need to share good parenting skills as a preventative measure and local businessman Trevor Reeves, of The House of Reeves, spoke bravely about the impact of the loss of his store. He shared an important business lesson, how essential it is to ensure your insurance is up to date because frequently businesses overlook the value that new wiring or alarm systems or office furniture bring to their premises. Attendees then had the opportunity for some informal networking.


I do hope our efforts that evening went some way to supporting the

people affected by August’s riots. Quite apart from the amount of

money raised, I hope they will feel that community spirit is alive and

well in Croydon and that they feel cared for and supported by their

community. I felt very proud to be part of a wonderful evening in such

a worthy cause.


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Maud T

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