No women left behind in Harold Hill on Mother's Day

PUBLISHED: 18:02 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:07 29 March 2017

Shazia Whatson, centre, at the Mother's Day meal event.

Shazia Whatson, centre, at the Mother's Day meal event.


Mother's Day is meant to be a celebratory occasion for the matriarchs in our families but it can be a sad day for those living on their own away from their families.

In order to combat this problem Shazia Whatson, who provides mental health training for the East London Foundation Trust, organised and funded a Mother’s Day meal at Cafe 90, in Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, on Sunday.

Shazia, who is a mother herself, said it was a really positive experience and plans to hold a similar event over Easter.

“We had an event run by myself for elderly people or younger people on their own for Mother’s Day,” said Shazia. “It was really nice and positive because in Harold Hill and Romford there is so much negativity.

“I’m lucky enough to be a mum and I think there is a lot of people that are on their own and isolation of any kind causes lots of other illnesses.

“Everybody had a lovely time , we had tears and laughter. It brings people together and they can make friends and talk - it just helps make life that little bit better.

“We hope to do an Easter event for children with mental health issues and adults with learning disabilities.”

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