Hounslow’s Hidden Heroes

Ashi is an experienced advice worker, helping people to get the benefits and services to which they are entitled.  She works part time for the Disability Network Hounslow and also as a volunteer.

During the pandemic, she has worked tirelessly, organising shopping, meals and distributing donated food for the local community, especially those who are cut off from their family and friends by their mental and physical disabilities. She also speaks to people by phone, including those who are recently bereaved.

Mike has been central to many of the community initiatives in Feltham in the past couple of years; sharing information, organizing and supporting clear ups and bringing his colourful outfit and bubbles to brighten up kids’ days at events.

He manages the ‘Feltham Community’ Facebook group and has been involved in a range of other activities to bring people together and make a positive difference to the local area.

Angela has a real passion for Feltham and in particular Feltham’s ponds. She set up the Feltham Ponds Clean Up Volunteers which has organized regular clear ups at Feltham Pond, Bridge House Pond and Clymping Dene (in Feltham Park). She has also served as Vice-Chair of Friends of Bridge House Pond and has recently established a new Friends of Feltham Green group, which she Chairs. She has an interest in the area’s history, particularly its market gardening heritage. In addition, she is currently working to create a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury in Feltham through the establishment of a memorial garden on Feltham High Street.

Vincent has been helping the community by broadcasting mass from St Michael & St Martin Church in Hounslow online to the whole parish. This has helped to sustain people’s faith, even though they have been in isolation and allows people to continue to worship without worry of going out.

He also leads the south west London branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, a charity that organises funding and food drives for members of the local community in need.

Natalie has been nominated for her tireless volunteering in the community. She helps with administration, and charity work at St Michael & St Martin Church, Hounslow. She has volunteered for many years, helping to alleviate suffering of vulnerable people in the parish.

Quddous set up the Hounslow Soup Kitchen to combat food poverty in Hounslow.

The HSK serves the homeless with daily end-of-produce food from restaurants in Central Hounslow. Since COVID-19 the charity has expanded, to help anyone facing food poverty across the borough.

Terri is a mother of two young children and lives in Feltham. She founded Tale Be Told Theatre with the aim of creating socially aware theatre and bespoke projects that could make an impact our local community and empower residents. One highlight was creating On Hold, a piece highlighting the plight of families living in temporary accommodation and largely based on her own experiences. Terri is also a keen runner and has used her passion to raise over £15000 for cancer charities after her own daughter had cancer as a toddler. Most recently Terri has used this love of fitness to launch The Positive Movement Project CIC, an organisation that aims to aid mental well-being and combat social isolation in the area through fitness and sport.

Sarah has been hand sewing scrubs and masks for the NHS, and raising money for All Dogs Matter charity by running a couple of half marathons! Sarah also fosters homeless dogs until they find their life home, teaches yoga for the perinatal mental health department at West Middlesex Hospital, and also runs a number of programmes supporting vulnerable women and their families for a charity in Feltham called ‘Reach Hub’. She teaches yoga and meditation in prisons – and taught antenatal training into Holloway prison a couple of years ago. Sarah has worked with parents and parents-to-be as an antenatal and hypnobirthing practitioner.

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