Tuesday, 4 January 2011

25th New Year Day's London Parade supports good causes

January 1st 2011 saw the 25th Anniversary of one London's great days out -The New Year’s Day Parade London is the biggest event of its kind in the world.

I (accompanied by stowaway Aleksandr Orlov) was lucky enough to be invited to join one of the 'floats' of the parade- an open topped London Bus carrying the Mayors of the London Boroughs.

Dressed in their magnificent robes they made a colourful display.

I learnt that the collective noun for a group of mayors is a "Chain gang of mayors"!

The Parade started on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street outside the Ritz Hotel and finishing around 3.30pm in Parliament Street.

The Parade route was - Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.

Apparently over 10,000 performers representing 20 countries world-wide assembled for this year's Parade.

More than half a million were reckoned to pack these London streets to see this fantastic spectacle as it weaved its way along the 2 mile route.

The 2011 Parade was filled with marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns acrobats, balloons .....

Stars of the show were the entries from the London Boroughs and the Capital's two cities London and Westminster.

Characters from Star Wars.

We had to be brave and like Luke Skywalker let the force be with us!

One of the many groups of young cheerleaders. This group had travelled the furthest ...Hawaii

Turning down Whitehall from Trafalgar square. The mayors wish the crowds a "Happy New Year."

Many good causes below. I have put some links to those charity sites where I have been able to identify them plus some short information on their important work.

(I will update and populate with more sites as and when I can )

Do spend some time and read what great work these organisations undertake.

London Mayoral Charities

Click for help for

Cllr Nirmal Singh Sher Gill Barking & Dagenham
Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. We ask our supporters to “do their bit” to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery, but we need more! So far, we have allocated almost all of the money we have raised in order to fund direct projects and support other service charities. We are passionate about what we are doing and as far as we are concerned the sooner we can see results, the better!

Registered Charity number 1120920

Cllr Harbhajan Singh, Brent
APDA's aim is to provide a full range of the highest level of services to disabled people, their families and their carers, based on their specific personal, cultural and community needs.It works in the UK and Internationally
Registered Charity No. 1047916
Click for Shooting Star Children's Hopsice
The Shooting Star Children's Hospice provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year across the western half of London and north Surrey.
Click for St. Luke's Hospice

St Luke’s is the local hospice for Harrow and Brent. We care for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness. We care for patients through our in-patient unit, out-patient clinics, and day care unit, as well as in their own homes through our Hospice at Home and Community Palliative Care Teams.

Cllr Rajinder Mann, Ealing
Click for Age concern Ealing

Age Concern Ealing was formed in October 2003 following the merger of four local Age Concern organisations - Acton, Age Concern Ealing Borough, Age Concern Ealing Central and Hanwell.

Charity Number 1100474
Ealing Association for Blind

The Ealing Association for the Blind (part of the MAB) is a registered charity working locally to provide support to blind, partially sighted and deaf/blind people throughout the Borough of Ealing. Our staff and trained volunteers work together to provide a range of high quality services, information, advice and training, all aimed at assisting visually impaired people lead independent lives.
registered charity No. 207007.
Cllr Jayne Buckland , Enfield

Local Arts and Business Charities

Cllr Adronie Alford, Hammersmith & Fulham
The Mayor has chosen the RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution - as her charity for 2010–2011. All money raised during the mayoral year will go to them.
If you would like to donate money or gifts to the charity please contact the Mayor’s office on 020 8753 2013 020 8753 2013 . All cheques to be made payable to the Mayor’s Appeal Fund and sent to the Mayor’s Office, Room 201, Town Hall, King Street, London W6 9JU. If you would like more information on the activities of RNLI please visit: .

Cllr Eddie Griffith, Haringey
Whittington Hospital Cardiac Unit
The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, Magdala Avenue, London, N19 5NF, 020 7272 3070 020 7272 3070
Copyright ©2002-2010 The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust (Registered Charity Number: 1056452)

This busy clinical investigation unit offers inpatient and outpatient tests for heart conditions


Click for MacMillan
Cllr Asad Omar , Harrow
MacMillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help. We are Macmillan.
Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017

Cllr Pam Light , Havering
The Rainbow trust

Cllr Mouna Hamitouche, Islington
Islington Play Association

Cllr Neeraj Patel, Lambeth
The Sprinfield Community Flat
The Sickle Cell Society
College of Emergency Medicine

Cllr Oonagh Moulton, Merton
Macmillan Cancer Support
Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust

Cllr Jim O’Shea , Redbridge
Dream factory
Alzheimer’s Society

Cllr David Marlow , Richmond upon Thames
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Cllr Tayo Situ , Southwark
Macmillan Cancer Research UK

Cllr Margaret Court , Sutton
Sutton Carers Association

Cllr Masood Ahmad, Waltham Forest
Whipps Cross Hospital – portable ultrasound scanner
Transport for Farishteh Trust

Lord Mayor Cllr Judith Warner , City of Westminster
St. John’s Hospice

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