MP takes the Pledge to Make a Difference

November 2, 2011 12:07 PM

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, is taking the pledge to encourage people throughout his constituency to donate a portion of their time to benefit the local community. He joined pop mogul Pete Waterman andBBC Radio Five Live presenter,Rachel Burden in the build up toCSV Make a Difference Day, the biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Pete Waterman andRachel Burdenhave given MPs across the nation a 'pledge kit' with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as writing letters and drawing pictures to sick children in hospitals, baking a Chocolate Fridge Cake to donate to a lonely neighbour, homeless shelter or nursing home, planting a mini meadow in a local park to attract wildlife or even knitting blankets for lonely pets in shelters.

Tom said of the event: "This is a wonderful initiative that seeks to help others and build upon the community spirit that Britain has in the past been proud of, but of late has arguably lost. The CSV Make a Difference Day has the power to change that, and that's why I'm supporting it; I encourage my constituents, and the wider community, to do so as well!"

Tom has been a staunch supporter of community based projects throughout his 14 year representation of Carshalton and Wallington; he has made public his support for nominations for a Community Champion, an initiative to recognise those who take part in events such as CSV Make a Difference, and last week gave up his Saturday to work in a local Marie Curie charity shop, as part of his contribution to the Make a Difference campaign.

Tom later commented on his experience in the shop: "Just finished a stint helping out at Marie Curie shop in Wallington. Lovely staff and volunteers, they really do make a difference."

CSV Make a Difference Day, is the UK's biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 29 October 2011 with events taking place a week either side. This year the focus is isolation and loneliness. The campaign is looking to demonstrate how giving time through volunteering with friends, family and neighbours and being an active member of the community can make people feel less lonely, anxious and isolated.

The campaign is looking to empower lonely and isolated people as well as individuals and groups to volunteer this year. New independent research shows that nearly a third of young people are currently more anxious about their future since the onset of recession, while 1 in 10 of the population report anxiety following the summer riots.

To find out more about volunteering on CSVMake a Difference Day, call on FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 or email or go online at

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