MP wants new fund to help redistribute surplus food

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake is calling on the Government to introduce a £15m fund to tackle hunger by redistributing surplus food to charities rather than landfills. 
FareShare, the UK’s largest food redistribution charity, has revealed that every year, at least 270,000 tonnes of edible food is wasted in UK food production. Currently, it is cheaper for companies to dispose of excess food rather than redistribute it.
Hoping to ease the financial burden for corporate social responsibility, FareShare has launched its first national campaign: “Feed People First”.
FareShare is calling on the Government to set up a £15 million fund to cover the costs of the storage and transport of 100,000 tonnes of food a year, so businesses can be equally compensated whether they choose to redistribute their food to charity or send it to animal feed or anaerobic digestion.
This fund would save charities £150m by making surplus food available so they can feed vulnerable people in need. 
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton & Wallington, said:
“I was shocked to learn that in our country one in eight people go hungry and the same time as hundreds of thousands of tonnes of food are wasted in production.
“This is a careless act and I hope the Government will agree that we have a responsibility to look out for those in need.” 
The surplus food FareShare currently receives from the national supply chain is redistributed to over 7,000 charities and community groups such as homeless hostels, children’s breakfast clubs and lunch clubs for older people who use the food to prepare nutritious cooked meals. 

Sutton community fund workshop dates announced

Community fund workshop

22nd August 2018
10:00 to 12:00
Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, SM1 3AA

Bring your project idea to this session and we will help you to make a start on your application.
The session will also cover ways to gather evidence using different sources and the reasons why some funding applications fail.

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Nursing Awards Held to Celebrate Achievement of our Nurses


South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) celebrated the dedication of its nurses by holding an awards ceremony to mark International Nurses Day 2018.

Held on Friday 11 May, the SWLSTG Nursing Awards 2018 put a spotlight on those who have gone above and beyond in their roles. They also provided a chance for the Trust to recognise and say thank you to them for their dedication and care.

The International Nurses Day celebrations were also a chance to celebrate the diversity of the nursing workforce and as part of the celebrations, nurses bought in food from their respective countries which went down well with all those in attendance!

Nurse of the Year 2018 Hazel Nash said: “It’s a great feeling and I’m honoured to win Nurse of the Year. In nursing we don’t always get the recognition we deserve, so this award is very special to me. A particular highlight for me has been listening to the other nurses’ journeys and how they have developed their careers and skills.”

Vanessa Ford, SWLSTG Director of Nursing and Quality Standards said: “It’s been great celebrating International Nurses Day because we have such a fabulous and diverse workforce that gives so much to our patients and it’s nice to be able to give something back to them.”

Stanley Park High Aiming for National Glory in Schools’ Cup Finals

Carshalton secondary school, Stanley Park High, will take to the hallowed turf of Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium this month as they bid to win the prestigious English Schools’ FA Cup.

The girls’ team will face Bottisham Village College, Cambridge on 21st May, hoping to be crowned the Under 15 Girls’ PlayStation Schools’ Cup champions, as part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which runs from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd May.

The girls have reached the final two from 256 schools and battled through eight rounds to get to this point.

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Improved mental health support for new mums in South West London

New and expectant mums in south west London are set to benefit from funding which aims to ensure that women in this part of London can understand how to access mental health services for themselves, their children and their family.


The funding will be used to expand the existing local service provision across the boroughs in south west London. A key vision of the expanding service is that every woman will be able to access appropriate perinatal mental health care and treatment at the right time and in the right location.


The news comes as part of a national announcement to transform specialist perinatal services so that at least 30,000 additional women can access evidence based treatment that is closer to home and when they need it, through specialist community services and inpatient mother and baby units.


The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) led the development of the bid across South West London to Wave 2 of the Perinatal Mental Health Community Services Development Fund. South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has supported the bid by working in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).


Dr Ben Nereli, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at SWLSTG, said: “Currently we have a small Perinatal Community Service that operates with limited resources primarily to women in Wandsworth and Merton with complex perinatal needs, giving birth at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We hope to use the funding to help us expand the service so that more woman in south west London can understand how to access services to support their mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of their children and families.”


Annual photograph competition launched to celebrate mental health awareness week

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018), South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is launching its annual digital #upliftingimage photography competition which is open to schools, staff, patients and members of the South West London community.


The theme for this year is: Contentment – what does it mean to you?


Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to everyone living across our five boroughs – Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth. The closing date for entries is 10 October 2018, to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Further details and the submission form are available here


Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. Imagery is a great way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes.

This is your chance to talk positively about mental health and go into the running to win a prize. The idea is to inspire, explore and talk about it. The competition

is proving to be incredibly popular across South West London – with entries from schools, the public and Trust staff.


Chief Executive David Bradley said:


“We want #upliftingimage to help raise awareness of peoples’ connection with mental health through photography. The aim of the campaign is to get as many people to share a picture that helps to promote a better understanding of mental health.


“We know that one in four Londoners will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in a year. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health – we should give our mental health as much attention as we give our bodies.”


Through getting people involved in #upliftingimage, we want to reach out to more people than ever before to challenge the stigma and discrimination still associated with mental health”.

Dementia Action event at Better Sutton Sports Village

Better Sutton Sports Village is inviting those who may be able to benefit from a Dementia Action event on Wednesday May 23.

There will be a range of free activities for those in the community living with or caring for those with dementia.

“You can come along to sessions of short tennis, Walking footballa cake sale and a tea dance,” said a spokesperson.

The event will take place at Better Sutton Sports Village, Rose Hill Park, Rose Hill, Sutton, SM1 3HH. Telephone 020 8641 6611.

The event is in support of Dementia Action Week where any donations collected will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

To reserve you space and find out more details email

Sutton jewellers explain royal wedding jewellery traditions

Sutton-based jeweller, Warrenders has put together a guide to Royal Wedding Jewellery ahead of the big day next weekend.

Established in 1947, Warrenders Jewellers is a family-run jewellery shop based in Sutton, specialising in precious gemstone and diamond jewellery as well as vintage jewellery.  Renowned for their wealth of expertise, experience and specialist staff, Warrenders is associated with impeccable quality, highly skilled craftsmanship and creativity.

A royal wedding brings with it a lot of traditions. As we learn more about Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, it seems that the couple are blending aspects of royal tradition with their own personal touches – including the jewellery.


A traditional ring for a very modern princess


Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Princess Diana’s iconic 12-carat sapphire-and-diamond ring as a way of making his mother a part of the occasion, a sentiment followed by Prince Harry. While many speculated that Prince Harry would use an emerald from a headband owned by his late mother, the eventual engagement ring features one large diamond from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s personal collection. The bespoke three-stone ring took the Prince six months to complete and was designed by the Prince himself. Sourcing the central stone from Botswana, a place the couple consider to be special to them, and where they have both spent a lot of time on conservation work is a romantic gesture that also hints at their plans for future projects and priorities.


Tiara tradition


British etiquette dictates that women may not wear tiaras until they are married as the tiara represents more than just a beautiful headdress. Tiaras symbolise the transition of the bride from her family to her husband’s. Many are anticipating for Meghan to follow in the royal footsteps of Kate Middleton, Sophie Wessex and Zara Phillips; to wear a tiara on her wedding day from the royal vaults. Should Meghan follow this convention, she will certainly have some exquisite historical headpieces to choose from.

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Public meeting to be staged by borough group for Peace and Justice

Time to stop war and end the arms trade that supports war 

Public meeting Wednesday 23 May 2018, at Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA

7.30–9.30pm, doors open at 7.00
Staged by Sutton for Peace and Justice.

“15 years on from the US led invasion of Iraq its high time that the lessons were heeded and action taken to stop war and the trade in arms that promotes war,” said a spokesperson.

The meeting will feature Nazli Tarzi from Tadhamun (solidarity) Iraqi women organisation, Ian Chamberlain from Stop the War and Phil Mahon from the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

There is no entry charge, donations will be taken on the night

Please reserve your place by email to
or by text message to 07740 594496

Dying Matters events to be organised during national week long campaign

Dr Rina Patel Palliative Medicine Consultant

Local commissioners and providers of healthcare are joining forces to encourage people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, including where they want to die and their funeral plans, as part of national Dying Matters Week, 14 – 20 May 2018.


A number of events will be taking place across the Surrey Downs and Sutton areas, to provide people with a place to talk and learn how the NHS, hospices and other local services are working hard to provide more support to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families and carers.  Anyone is welcome to come along, speak to professionals and have any questions answered around death and dying.


As well as getting people talking, this year the focus is on what people can do to help in the community – so even if you are not nearing the end of your life but would like to help others, there are a number of opportunities to do so.

NHS Surrey Downs CCG, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and partner organisations want to help people who are at the end of life to be cared for in their preferred place of care wherever possible, with support for them and their loved ones.


Dr Simon Williams, End of Life Clinical Lead for NHS Surrey Downs CCG, says: “The local NHS, social care and hospices now have a range of support services available to help those approaching the end of their lives, as well as their loved ones and carers. We know that facing the idea of an end of life plan can be extremely hard to do, but by just starting the conversation with the right people means that we can provide support going forward.”


Dr Rina Patel, Palliative Medical Consultant at Epsom and St Helier, says: “We want to support people in communicating openly about death and dying, and hope that the events we are hosting will give all members of the public the chance to come and find out more.


By holding events throughout the week that get people talking about death we are able to provide advice and tools on what to do when the moment comes.


There are a number of ways people can get involved in Dying Matters Week, including joining one of our public events:


  • Monday 14 May: Launch event, featuring the Epsom and St Helier Hospital choir, 1pm, St Helier main reception. Come listen and join in
  • Tuesday 15 May: Drop in event, 2-4pm, MacMillan Butterfly Centre, Epsom Hospital. A chance to chat or ask questions to health and social care professionals
  • Wednesday 16 May, ‘I Did It My Way Café’, 2-4pm, Pink Room, St Helier Hospital.”


You could also:

  • Visit the main receptions at Epsom or St Helier hospitals during the week for information of events and available support
  • Use personal experiences of end of life to provide feedback – see the End of Life care strategy at
  • Offer practical support to those who may be struggling with end of life, such as helping with shopping or dog walking
  • Volunteer at a local hospice or charity. You can find out more about Epsom and St Helier support groups and charities here: