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Charity Dinner to raise funds for a Cyber Knife – Providing a different kind of radiotherapy care for Cancer

Local restuaranteur Patrick Tako, owner of Chez Patrick in Stratford Road, W8, hosted a Charity Dinner with the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor James Husband in attendance, together with his wife, the Mayoress.

The four course dinner was to raise awareness and funds for CyberKnife – a new frameless radiosurgery system which targets treatment more accurately than standard radiotherapy.  It is revolutionary in that patients do not require anaesthesia, there is no recovery time and patients can usually be treated and go home on the same day.   It is not yet widely available in the UK although there is a CyberKnife at The Harley Street Clinic.

Patrick, together with colleagues from the Metropolitan Masonic Charity are aiming to raise the required £3M for a second UK CyberKnife  to be installed at St Barts Hospital.   At the beginning of March, a substantial sum of £500,000 had already been paid to Barts and the London Hospital towards this goal.

The charity dinner at Chez Patrick raised £1,772.00 with guests paying generously for raffle prizes as well as the dinner.   John Hussey of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity received the cheque from Patrick.

As Patrick explained his incentive to try and do as much as he could to raise money for the CyberKnive, is one, sadly borne of the recent loss of his father last year to cancer, and then weeks later, finding his mother had breast cancer, and cancer on the kidneys.   His desire to raise as much funds as possible is tangible.  He finished his speech with the words ” if we all give a little, we can achieve a lot”.  Simple but true.

If you would like to contribute towards this essential peice of machinery to help those with cancer recover, please give as generously as possible to uk/virginmoneygiving.com/charities/The Metropolitan Masonic Charity

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Images: Lucy Elliott

Copyright: The Kensington Magazine: (a)  John Hussey, The Mayoress and Mayor; (b) Patrick Tako and John Hussey

(c) Patrick Tako;

Copyright: Brian Mackett: (d) Patrick Tako, The Mayoress, Mayor and Lucy Elliott

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The Mayor’s Awards – 31 March 2011

Tonight the Mayor for Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor James Husband hosted the 10th Mayor’s Awards. These are given to a small number of people within the community who have “made an outstanding contribution to those who live in the Borough” thus enhancing a community spirit. Of the many entries received, after due consideration by the Panel, only a handful receive this Award; in W8 we had Kevin Barrett, an octagenarian (approaching the 90 end of 80), who has worked tirelessly over the past twenty years to help raise funds and give support to the League of Friends of St Mary Abbots. The work helps the care of elderly at Beatrice Place Nursing Home in the Marloes Road, and the Princess Louise Care Home in North Kensington, providing hospice care for those with severe dementia. Kevin has run the charity single handedly and acts as both Treasurer and Fundraiser to the League. He organises outings and managed to raise enough funds to host some 48 concerts for the residents, as well as Christmas presents for everyone, plus a donation of £3000 for the benefit of the residents. He also visits members of the elderly community in the area, and helps tend to their gardens. He can often be seen traversing the streets of Kensington encouraging retailers to give raffle prizes. It is with his positive attitude that helps families come to term with their illness and future. He has truly enhanced people’s lives. As one supporter said, Kevin is an unsung hero. The League provides relief for members of the community who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped, infirm or in need of financial assistance. (www.thekensingtonmagazine.com)

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Retirement of Alberto, Thackeray Street’s Street Cleaner

After twelve years, well known street cleaner, Alberto, retires from his duties of cleaning around Young Street, Kensington Square and Thackeray St.   To mark this occasion members of the Kensington Court Residents Association (‘KCRA’) together with the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor James Husband presented Alberto with a cheque from the KCRA, and a beautiful framed photograph (taken by local resident, Sally Cooper and framed by Gordon of Gallery 19).   The event, organised by members of the KCRA, was to wish Alberto a fulfilling retirement and to thank him for his street cleaning, (particularly in Thackeray St.) over this long period of time.   Although Alberto will miss the residents and business owners with whom he has become great friends, he feels the time has come to retire and spend more time with his beloved Grand-daughter, and to tend to his roof garden in Fulham.  However, the first thing he will be doing is going to Spain for a couple of months for a well deserved rest!  He will be missed and we all wish Alberto a wonderful and happy retirement.

Alberto