On Friday 27th June, over 80 ladies from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury joined hundreds of other women for St Luke’s Midnight Walk. They walked 9 miles to raise over £2000 for the local hospice, bringing the total raised for them by the Mandir to £26,000 in just 3 months.

Amongst the participants were several women with very personal accounts and first-hand experience of the fantastic work the Hospice does, with the youngest participant just 12 years of age. Bhavna Varsani’s mother was cared for by St Luke’s and said,

“Mum spent approximately 10 days at the Hospice. She loved the doctors and nurses. From the first day she came in they knew what mum liked and how to make her comfortable. She felt like she was being cared for by her own family.”

Pam Russell, Director of Fundraising and Community Relations at St Luke’s Hospice has shown her appreciation of the Mandir’s efforts and said,

“St Luke’s Hospice is overwhelmed by the support we have received from everyone at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury. Not only have this community been fundraising but the volunteering support has been invaluable. The Mandir has helped us to reach out to the community and helped many more understand the work of the hospice and why the support of local people and the local community is so important, as we rely on donations and volunteers to keep caring for people in Harrow and Brent.”

This was the penultimate charity activity in the lead up to the Grand Opening Festival of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury. The charity drive began with the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury Mile, which saw the total amount raised by the Mandir over the years for Sport Relief break through the £40,000 mark. This was followed by the Mandir’s eleventh blood donation session on Sunday 13th April, bringing the total amount of units of blood collected at the Mandir to 1049, saving hundreds of lives along the way. On Saturday 26th April, 16 daring members stepped out of a mid-air flight with an adventurous sky dive at Hinton Airfield, Northants, raising a £20,000 for St Luke’s. On Sunday 15th June, 14 brave swimmers took part in the Great North Swim at the very scenic Windermere, Lake District to raise another £4000.

The next event is our twelfth blood donation session to be held at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury on Sunday 13th July.

More details on our Charity Activities of Mandir