Councillor helps raise almost £3k for Southwark asylum seekers

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A Liberal Democrat councillor has helped raise almost £3,000 for Southwark asylum seekers after completing a sponsored 10k run recently.

Cathedrals ward councillor David Noakes (second on left in photo) was part of a team of runners raising funds for the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers on 10 July.  They are closing in on their £3k fundraising target and donations are still coming in.

David completed the Vitality 10k race in 54:01 minutes placing him 2,900 out of 11,257 runners. 

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers has been supporting asylum seekers in Southwark for twenty years,  including providing a hot lunch at three different venues around the borough at Copleston Road, Peckham; Crossway, New Kent Road; and Peckham Park Road Baptist Church, in Peckham. 

The venues also provide physical and mental health checks, advice and advocacy, English classes, social events and support for children and families.

Earlier this year, Southwark Liberal Democrats also organised a special meeting about asylum seekers and refugees and gave the proceeds to the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Cathedrals ward, David Noakes, said:

“The work that the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers does is invaluable and has never been in such demand.

“Unfortunately though, the charity has lost some of its grants this year from the Council as a result of the on going cuts being imposed on local government.

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me to run this 10k race, particularly fellow councillors and my constituents. It was a challenge but it was really good to cross the finishing line knowing that our target of raising £3,000 is in reach.

“If you’d still like to make a contribution to support this vital organisation’s work in Southwark just follow the link at https://www.justgiving.com/SDCAS-Southwark-Day-Centre-for-Asylum-Seekers.”