Westminster Befriend a Family

Our own Marathon Man


Our own Marathon Man

Well done Tom for completing your first 20km training run

We’re always very grateful when anyone decides to raise money for Westminster Befriend a Family. So we’re extremely pleased to announce that Tom Hutchinson, a Director at The Change Group, a luxury hospitality recruitment agency, has decided to run the London Marathon in April 2019 to help support vulnerable families in Westminster.

He chose us, he says, because one of his friends is a trustee of the charity and naturally recommended us, but also because he now has the opportunity to run a marathon and tick it off his bucket list.

Bucket List

“I’m 38 and I’m not getting any younger. Running a marathon is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do … that and swim the English Channel. We now have a young son so it’s difficult fitting swimming into our busy lives but I can go running two or three times a week. So, if I’m going to run a marathon I’ve got to do it sooner rather than later,” he says.

“One of my friends ran the London Marathon last year and loved it. I like doing exercise. I’ve done a 5k run and a 10k run so now I want to push myself to the next level and run a marathon. It always helps to have a focus.”

Tom will be joined by his work colleague Tom Dukinfield and friend Tim Lopez. “I’m not training with them at the moment,” he says, “as we’re all at different levels. Tom has just started running, I started my marathon training three months ago and Tim is way ahead of us both having run the marathon last year.”

Training Regime

Instead our man Tom is doing two short runs a week of 5-6km and pushing himself at the weekends doing up to 17km. “A marathon is about 44km so once I get to the half marathon stage, which should take me a couple of hours, I’ll stick there for a few months before going for the full marathon,” he says.

Sore feet? There’s a lot more training to go yet!

If you want to support Tom in his efforts please click: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TomHutchinson6 and give whatever you can afford. Thank you.

Look Out for Our Fantastic AUCTION

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Look out for this year’s fantastic charity auction raising money for Westminster Befriend a Family and hosted by our friends at Forster Chase. The auction takes place at the M Restaurant, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY.

Forster Chase specialises in the global life and pensions market as well as protection and healthcare, and has very kindly chosen to support Westminster Befriend a Family, as one of two charities, with the proceeds from its annual charity fundraiser and city networking event.

Great, great prizes

Some of the great prizes on offer include:

  • Three-ball golf at the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club
  • A three-course meal for two, including a glass of prosecco on arrival and a bottle of wine with the meal at Fescobaldi in Mayfair, and
  • A meal for two with wine at Tibits vegetarian restaurant in Mayfair

And two of the bigger prizes up for grabs include:

  • FOUR executive seats at the Manchester United vs Chelsea game on 27 April, 2019








And FOUR-ball golf at Queenswood Golf Club, including caddies and lunch.



Even if you know nothing of football, you’ll know that Man Utd and Chelsea are two of the biggest clubs in the world and match tickets are extremely hard to come by, more so if they are tickets for executive seats. While Queenswood Golf Club, in Ottershaw near Chertsey, is one of the most exclusive clubs in the country.

Alongside the auction will be a raffle with more prizes available, such as a tour of the Denbies Vineyard in Dorking, Surrey; three NOW TV sticks with passes; tickets for the Comedy Store and a tour for four of Fullers Brewery.

So come and join us for some great music, drinks, nibbles, a raffle and a charity auction and have a fabulous evening of good humour and revelry. www.mwinestore.co.uk/shop/forster-chase-at-m-restaurant. See the invitation: Invitation 091018 WBAF


Run for Charity

Calling all runners!

WBAF has five running spaces in this year’s Royal Parks, which is being held in and around London’s Royal Parks this October, and we are looking for enthusiasts to fill these spaces.

If you enjoy running and would like to make a difference to disadvantaged families  in Westminster, let us know! Please email Chris Davis on chris@befriendafamily.co.uk or call 0207 828 2765 for more information or to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Thank you!

A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers and visitors who came to enjoy the Elizabeth Street Summer Party on 11th June!elizabeth st summer party pic

The event proved to be a success despite temperamental weather – the food, drink and entertainment brought together thousands of visitors who witnessed the likes of performances by Holland Park Opera, face painting, raffles and stilt walkers.

And special thanks to the organisers, sponsors and those who made the event happen. Thanks to you, Westminster Befriend A Family reached out to potential supporters and collected funds to help us continue to support families across Westminster.


Come join us on June 11th for the Elizabeth Street Summer Party 2016!

What: Royal-themed Summer Party!

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When: 3-11pm June 11th 2016

Where: Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W

Includes: food, drink, raffle, fairground games, music, a parade and lots more!


There is also a competition for local schools!


Volunteers welcome to help out on the day! Duties would include running stalls, selling raffle tickets and collecting donations.

Contact Chris Davis at chris@befriendafamily.co.uk or call 0207 828 2765 for more information.