Hertsmere MP decorates cupcakes to celebrate Mitzvah Day
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 November 2016
Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, whose constituency covers Potters Bar, decorated cupcakes for a care home as part of Mitzvah Day, which is the UK's biggest faith-based day of social action.
Mr Dowden, who is co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on British Jews, helped to launch the event, which was hosted by Tulip Siddiq MP, in the Houses of Parliament.
A group of 20 Parliamentarians from all sides of the political spectrum decorated cupcakes, which were then taken to Norton Care Home in Westminster as part of a ‘sunshine to seniors’ project, where volunteers served tea and spent time with the residents.
Mr Dowden also met with representatives from Mitzvah Day and a number of Jewish youth movements, as well as Gillian Merron, chief executive of the board of deputies of British Jews.
Mitzvah Day takes place on and around Sunday, November 27, and events will also be held across Hertsmere.
This year Mitzvah Day, which sees more than 40,000 volunteers from Britain and 20 other countries giving their time to make a difference to the community, is focused on building bridges and bringing people of all faiths, and none, together.
Mr Dowden said: “It was a pleasure to participate in the fantastic Mitzvah Day drop in. As co-chair of the APPG on British Jews, I am delighted that so many Parliamentarians are involved and empowering their communities to take part in Mitzvah Day activities.
“I am a strong supporter of Mitzvah Day and was involved in many events across Hertsmere last year, from work on Woodcock Hill to food bank collection at Tesco.”
Laura Marks OBE, the founder and chair of Mitzvah Day, added: “Given the recorded rise in hate crime we’ve seen recently, and the heightened fear of the outsider, the need to bring people together has never been greater.
“That’s why our focus at Mitzvah Day is on building bridges through doing projects which tackle the challenges of modern society, and which bring people together who might otherwise stay apart.”