Thank you very much for your kind invitation and warm reception yesterday, as well your very kind donation to the NSPCC. I and Francis thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and also found the speeches very interesting. I have attached the photo from yesterday, which will feature on our SE Facebook page today, as well as a tweet about the event on the NSPCC twitter feed on Monday. We value our partnership with you and really hope to see it grow this year. Following yesterday, Francis and I will be exploring how we can maximise AMYA support, across the UK with our senior management team and I will be in touch in due course to discuss this further with you. Katherine, cc’d, will be in touch about fundraising opportunities in the South East and will be your key contact for this year’s challenge at Hyde Park. With many thanks once again for your support – it is greatly appreciated. Rupa-Dey Amin Head of Fundraising South London and South East Marie Curie Just to say thank you again for inviting me to the event and for your very kind donation. A formal acknowledgement of the donation will be sent to your office in Morden and a post shall be going on our Facebook shortly. https://www.facebook.com/MarieCurieLondon As I mentioned yesterday, we would love to engage with the AMYA association in the future and with our flagship campaign the Great Daffodil Appeal coming up next March hopefully this might be the place do so. This year alone, Marie Curie Cancer Care will provide care for more than 25,000 people across the UK with a terminal illness, and our nurses will care for more than 2,019 people in their own homes in London. However, the demand for our services increases each year and for every family we help, there is another that we can’t. Every hour of a nurse’s time costs the charity £20, so you can see just how valuable these collections are to provide help and support to even more patients and their families. In London, we hope to raise over £180,000 this March to provide almost 9,000 hours of care, but we can only do this with volunteer support. In London we have an array of events coming up that hopefully the AMYA would like to get involved. On Friday 6th March we will be holding our City Day collection. On this day we have a permit to collect on any street within the Square mile as well as at Train and Tube stations. We hope to recruit over 200 volunteers in the day including University Students, local business workers, Marie Curie Staff and volunteers. It would be lovely to have some of the AMYA members join us and please do pass on the details to anyone you think may be interested. Secondly, we have a London wide Street Collection on Saturday 14th March. The Metropolitan Police have issued us a permit to collect on any street on that Saturday and we will be holding collections across the capital. Finally, if neither of these dates suit the organisation we also have a variety of supermarket, train station and shopping centre collection dates across march that might be of interest. Hopefully this will be something the AMYA would like to get involved in and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any further details. Best wishes Jess Jess Francies Community Fundraiser Marie Curie Cancer Care Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Member of Parliament for North Norfolk “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association do fantastic volunteer work within our society. I was very impressed to hear of their community efforts, their focus on humanitarian aid and their commitments to the environment. They have assisted in flood relief, delivered thousands of food parcels to the homeless, planted over 100,000 trees amongst many other contributions. “I am delighted that they will be recognised in Parliament today for raising £1.5 million for UK charities. In just the last year alone the Association has raised £340,000 for 45 charities including The Royal British Legion, Barnardos and Macmillan Cancer Support. This is incredible work. “The Association plays this hugely important role in our communities, and I am sure they will continue to go from strength to strength”. The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Member of Parliament for North Norfolk Councillor Andrew Judge Merton Many thanks for the invitation: I was very impressed by the fund raising efforts of the young people present, who are a credit to themselves and to the Community. Regards, Councillor Andrew Judge Merton I have added your PR to our news http://www.faithaction.net/ and it should therefore be highlighted in our newsletter this week.