KeepHealthCare.ORG – Outgoing Hounslow Mayor Breaks All Fundraising Records
Raises more than £70,000 for
charity work in the borough
Former Hounslow Mayor, Councillor Sue Sampson, has broken a fundraising
record for her charity work in the borough, raising an incredible £73,975.91,
and funds continue to come in.
Each incoming Mayor in Hounslow chooses two charities for which to fundraise.
Cllr Sampson chose Refuge and The Pink Ribbon Foundation. Refuge supports
women and children experiencing domestic violence and The Pink Ribbon
Foundation supports UK breast cancer charities.
Cllr Sampson has been an active campaigner for Refuge for a number of
years by working to raise awareness of domestic violence. The cause is
close to her heart after her sister Maureen was fatally shot at her place
of work by her estranged husband in 1976, aged just 23 years old. The
tragedy happened when Cllr Sampson was only eight years old and inspired
her to campaign against domestic violence. Refuge first opened its doors
in the UK in 1971 and its first safe house for women and children was
established in Hounslow.
Cllr Sampson chose The Pink Ribbon Foundation because she is a breast
cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2006,
aged 38. Her experiences that followed – particularly in the oncology
departments at West Middlesex hospital and Charing Cross hospital, where
she received chemotherapy and radiotherapy – made her realise just how
many people are affected by breast cancer and the impacts on the victims
as well as their children, families and friends.
Councillor Sampson, former Mayor of Hounslow and current Cabinet Member
for Leisure Services said:
“My choice of charities, Refuge and The Pink Ribbon Foundation
were chosen as both causes have had a major impact on my life.
The work I have done over the years and will continue to do, along with
the money I raised as Mayor over this last year goes towards ensuring
the doors to Hounslow Refuge never close, and that they will continue
to provide emergency accommodation as and when needed to women and children.
It was difficult to find one breast cancer charity that could reach everyone,
that’s why I chose The Pink Ribbon Foundation because through them I was
able to have the money I raised ringfenced, which enabled all Hounslow
breast cancer charities or individual breast cancer sufferers to apply
for a grant to help them.”
During her tenure as Mayor, Cllr Sampson attended approximately 352 events
across the borough.
She continued: “I have had the privilege of being invited to attend
so many events this last year. I have such fantastic memories of all of
them but the one that will forever have a profound effect on me was the
Kids in Care Awards.
I was asked as Mayor to hand out medals and certificates to Hounslow
children who had either been placed in our care homes or with foster carers,
and who had achieved something great. I had a lot in common with most
of the children at the event as I had been placed with foster carers when
I was a baby, but fortunately enough for me my foster parents went on
to adopt me. I remember standing on the stage thinking, ‘I don’t
remember any awards ceremonies like this when I was a kid!’
Anyway, I’m glad there are now. The successes of our most vulnerable
children in the borough really are outstanding.
In 2012, not long after first being elected as a Councillor, I had been
approached by a family for help. It soon became apparent that their young
child was being abused. Not being a qualified professional in this area
I made the judgement call as a parent to involve Children’s Services.
When you make a report of this nature it becomes a child protection case
so it is not something you can follow up as a Councillor. All I knew was
the child had been removed from the family.
I had often wondered what had become of that child and if I had done
the right thing. I hoped she had forgiven me having been removed from
her family as a result of my actions. It played on my mind over the next
Whilst on stage at the Kids in Care Awards a child’s name was announced
to receive an award. I was in disbelief and thought. ‘Surely not,
it can’t be?’ As the young child came walking up the red carpet
towards me I knew instantly I had done the right thing! She looked the
picture of health, nothing like the last time I saw her. The child remembered
me and thanked me for what I had done. She introduced me to her foster
carers and explained who I was and my involvement in the case and they
too thanked to me. After a very emotional evening I finally had peace
of mind as far as the child was concerned
I’d like to personally thank all the foster carers and staff who
are supporting our vulnerable children to achieve and make the most out
of life. I’d also like to personally thank everyone who has supported
me as the Mayor over this past year.”
June 23, 2018