Last week, Bromley by Bow Centre founder, Lord Andrew Mawson joined a group of people from the Bromley by Bow community for The People’s Lunch to celebrate the Centre’s 35th anniversary year.

In attendance were those who have been supported by our services over the years – many of whom have then gone on to volunteer or become staff.  Some have been engaged with us for over 20 years, reinforcing our mission to support people on long journeys.

Over delicious food provided by staff, Lord Mawson told the story of a run-down church with a tiny congregation where he was minister in 1984. The Bromley by Bow Centre is now one of the most progressive integrated health and community organisations, supporting over 2500 people every month and attracting thousands of visitors from around the world keen to emulate its model.

Andrew made the guests laugh talking about his early attempts to link with the Bangladeshi community in the mid-80s to organise the first Eid party at the Centre. He was hoping to get around 20 people to attend and was amazed when over 400 people turned up! When asked how they managed with the food he said “This is the power of community, we provided the space and they brought food with them to help the party along!”

Protecting and growing services that support our community to stay connected and healthy is one of the key aims of our 35th anniversary year.

35 years, 350 days, let’s raise £350,000

We have an ambitious target for our 35th year. Reaching this target will help our essential services and activities that transform people’s lives and help create a vibrant community.

Your generosity can make a real difference. Every contribution will help our local community to improve their health and wellbeing, learn new skills, and create a better life for themselves and their families.

If you’d like to contribute to our goal, please donate.