Tower Hamlets volunteering charity prepares for 30th anniversary year

A Tower Hamlets charity which has sent volunteers all over the world held a celebration last night ahead of its 30th anniversary in 2012.

Members of the Daneford Trust, a charity based in Blythe Street, Bethnal Green, also set out their fundraising goals at their central London reception.

The charity was founded in 1982 and arose out of a school exchange between Daneford Boys secondary school, now Bethnal Green Technology College, and a Botswanan school.

Since then, over 3,000 young people from London have gone to Bangladesh, the Caribbean and Namibia among other countries to help with charitable projects.

Life peer Oona King, a former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, gave an “inspirational closing speech”, according to the Trust’s founder and co-ordinator, former teacher Tony Stevens.

Next year the Trust hopes to raise �30,000 through their anniversary appeal, which will include entering a team of runners in the London Marathon.

Mr Stevens said: “2012 will be a very busy year for the trust.

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“Not only are we determined to face all the challenges that face small charities at this time, but also to secure the future of our work for a good number of years to come.

“I’m due to retire in 2013 and we are already planning for new staff and new projects.”

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