Outstanding fundraising support from London mayors, past and present


From jumping 10,000ft in a tandem skydive to dusting off her walking boots for Walk4, former Hounslow Mayor Sue Sampson surpassed her year-long fundraising target in aid of Refuge, beyond all expectations.

Cllr. Sampson, who was Mayor of Hounslow between 2017 and 2018, has long been an active supporter of Refuge; 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 later campaign against domestic violence.

With Refuge’s 47-year history rooted in Hounslow, Cllr Sampson pledged to use her tenure as the local mayor to fundraise for us and she managed to raise almost £74,000 – which will be split between Refuge and The Pink Ribbon Foundation. We cannot thank her enough for her fabulous efforts.

“My choice of charities, Refuge and The Pink Ribbon Foundation, were chosen as both causes have had a major impact on my life,” Cllr. Sampson said.

“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 it will continue to provide emergency accommodation as and when needed to women and children.”

The former Mayor of Hounslow Sue Sampson with Refuge Chief Executive Sandra Horley CBE and other Walk4 participants

Carrying on the torch of mayoral fundraising for Refuge for the next 12 months is Cllr. Ben Khosa, Mayor of Richmond.

With the trusty help of Deputy Mayor Cllr. Mona Adams, and their team, Cllr. Khosa has designed a busy calendar of events, including quiz nights, themed evenings, collections, festive film screenings and talent shows, all to raise vital funds and awareness to support our life-saving community outreach work in the borough.

In early July, we joined the Mayor for his Service of Thanksgiving to mark the start of his mayoral year.

In his speech, Cllr. Khosa said: “A major part of the Mayor’s role is to raise funds for a cause in our borough and show goodwill to those in our community who are less fortunate than ourselves. This is a role I am honoured to take and I look forward to working hard this year to make a real difference through my chosen charity, Refuge.”

The Mayor and Mayoress braved the elements at the Prudential Ride London race to cheer on our dedicated #TeamRefuge cyclists, including Richmond Council employee, Joe Fisher.

Joe raised an incredible £581 for Refuge and managed to complete the 100-mile cycle in just over four hours!

Richmond Mayor Ben Khosa and Mayoress cheering on cyclists at Prudential Ride London.

Follow us on Twitter @RefugeCharity for more on the Mayor’s upcoming activities.