Reflecting on a Night of Inspiration: The Daneford Trust Reception at the House of Commons
On a remarkable evening of October 18th, 2023, the historic House of Commons was imbued with a spirit of global citizenship and communal generosity as the Daneford Trust held an unforgettable reception. Hosted by the esteemed Rushanara Ali MP, the event was not just a gathering but a celebration of the Trust’s enduring commitment to fostering understanding and cooperation across borders.
For those of us fortunate enough to be part of this gathering, the Jubilee Room buzzed with the energy of over 40 friends, supporters, and former volunteers, each connected by a shared belief in the power of international exchange. The evening was graced by the presence of Rushanara Ali, the respected Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, who eloquently expressed her pride in the Trust’s presence within her constituency and underscored the critical role it plays in nurturing global citizens.
The heart of the event was undoubtedly the inspiring stories shared by those directly impacted by the Trust’s work. Charles Musana, alongside three students from BSix College, captivated us with tales of their transformative journey to Uganda—a trip made possible by the Trust’s support. Their experiences highlighted the profound impact of cultural exchange, bringing to life the far-reaching benefits of such initiatives.
Mica Duncan, the Trust’s dedicated Outreach Worker and a former Overseas Volunteer, provided a compelling update on her invaluable work, reminding us of the ongoing need for engagement and support. Similarly, Folashade Miller-Maps shared her enriching experiences in Ghana with the Girl Guides, touching on her efforts in the infirmary and the vital education on menstrual hygiene she provided.
Adding to the evening’s resonance was Michael Situ, the Mayor of Southwark and a former volunteer, whose reflections on his journey to Nepal emphasized the essential qualities of perseverance and resilience. His story, like the others, underscored the transformative power of exchange projects in developing such key life skills.
Beyond the speeches, the event was punctuated by a successful raffle and numerous generous donations, illustrating the community’s unwavering support for the Trust. It was also a precious opportunity for many to reconnect with old friends and reminisce about the Trust’s remarkable journey over more than four decades.
For those who could not join us, the spirit of the evening was one of hope, collaboration, and a shared commitment to making a difference. The Daneford Trust continues to welcome support, with details available for those inspired to contribute to this noble cause.
As we reflect on the evening’s proceedings, we are reminded of the power of collective action and the enduring impact of the Daneford Trust’s work. It is events like these that not only celebrate past achievements but also ignite the flame for future endeavors, ensuring the Trust’s vital mission carries on for years to come.