Our Supporters

Dame Barbara Winsdor, well-known English Actress

Harrow United Deaf Club are delighted to have the support from a well-known actress from Carry On comedy series and her character as Peggy of EastEnder before leaving the show few years ago.

“I would like to congratulate Harrow United Deaf Club for the positive work and fund raising they do to help the deaf community. Having a family member who is effected by deafness, I know what an isolating condition it can be and how important it is for deaf people to have somewhere they can go. I wish HUDC continued success for the future. Best wishes Barbara Windsor MBE x”.

Sadiq Khan MP and candidate for the London Mayor lent his support to HUDC, explained why HUDC is important:

“The Harrow Deaf Club are an amazing institution. The work you do is fantastic and you are a beacon across the whole of London”.

Zac Goldsmith MP and candidate for the London Mayor lent his support to HUDC, explained why HUDC is important:

“Harrow United Deaf Club are the kind of organisation that make me proud to be a Londoner. The many services they provide – from business advice, to educational workshops – make such a difference to local deaf people and their families. And they do incredible work in raising awareness, building ties with the wider community and advocating for the needs of deaf people. They are an example and an inspiration.”

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Lord Ahmad said: “I warmly welcome Harrow United Deaf Club’s Outstanding work. The help and support you provide to a great number of deaf people across different faiths and ethnicities is inspirational. This has a huge impact – by giving people valuable opportunities to build friendships, share experiences and work towards a better, more fulfilling future.

The Government’s integration policy aims to break down barriers, emphasising local action and bringing people together; celebrating what we have in common – such as our shared values – rather than what divides us. It is fantastic to see these tenets echoed in Harrow United Deaf Club’s work. Since 2009, you have encouraged many people to participate in British Life, including by highlighting the importance of nurturing multi-faith understanding. These are great achievements, and I wish everyone involved in Harrow United Deaf Club’s work enduring success.”

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove; Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills and President of the Board of Trade

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP said: “I am proud to offer my support to Harrow United Deaf Club. The inclusive community it provides to many who might otherwise feel isolated is a huge encouragement and force for good. I wish the Club every success as it brings together more people from all backgrounds and raises awareness of what can be achieved when we work together”.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “I would like to congratulate Harrow United on their incredible work over the past 5 years. The club is an excellent example of how a community can come together to support and encourage the vulnerable members of our society.”

Dame Evelyn Glennie, world renowned solo percussionist

Dame Evelyn Glennie said: “Harrow United is an extraordinary example of how forward-thinking and realistic action can make a difference, regardless of age or social background. Their commitment to bringing hearing and non-hearing people together is vital. This Club is a major force, whose work goes far beyond recognising the “disability”, highlighting the enormous range of capabilities within all individuals.”

Mike Gatting OBE, Managing Director – Cricket Partnership, England and Wales Cricket Board

Mike Gatting, OBE said: “The England and Wales Cricket Board sends warm best wishes to all members of Harrow United Deaf Club and congratulates the club on its excellent work on behalf of the deaf community. As the National Governing body for cricket, we are committed to widening opportunities for people with disabilities to play the sport and we currently run four national disability squads including the England Deaf Squad. For more information please visit the Disability Cricket section at www.ecb.co.uk

Honey Kalaria, Bollywood Ambassador to the UK.

“I am delighted to support such a great organisation who is touching deaf people and their families lives in a positive and impactful way. My dance students and I look forward to offering some colourful bollywood entertainment during the event to help with the fundraising efforts during the festive season of Diwali and Eid. Good luck to Asif and the team!”

Trevor Phillips OBE, Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and a former television executive/presenter

“Congratulations to Asif and the team for the launch of Harrow United! The club will be a major asset to North-West London,and a beacon for deaf people everywhere. Well done!”

Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Disabled People‘s message of support for our HUDC’s 5th Anniversary 

“Both I and the Prime Minister are committed to doing all that we can to help disabled people overcome the barriers that prevent them on a daily basis from living independent lives, enjoying full and equal participation in society, and reaching their full potential just like anyone else.  This Government is therefore passionate about working to partnership with the broadest cross-section of people and organisations to ensure that all disabled people get the support they deserve and so we applaud the very worthwhile work that the Harrow United Deaf Club undertakes.

You and your dedicated colleagues make tremendous difference to so many lives, not just the provision of specialist support to deaf people and their families but through the promotion of greater awareness and understanding on the part of the wider population.  This is invaluable and quite frankly, is not something that any Government could ever hope to accomplish on its own.

I hope that the celebrations were a great success and look forward to future opportunities to work with you. In the meantime, the Prime Minister joins me in offering our heartfelt thanks for all your hard work along with our very best wishes for the future”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London’s message of support for our HUDC’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

“I am very pleased to be providing a message of support to the Harrow United Deaf Club.

Your work with Deaf Londoners is invaluable in providing support and networking opportunities. Deaf people can often experience isolation and your vast calendar of activities including International Women’s Day to the Easter and Passover celebrations along with your local activities are all fantastic opportunities to bring Deaf people together.

Your 5th anniversary celebrations should be a time of great optimism as you reflect on your achievements. I hope you go from strength to strength and continue to foster positive relations with the Deaf People you work with and beyond.”

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for the Civil Society

Harrow United Deaf Club is delighted to have the full support from Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society who wrote:

‘I am delighted to provide a message of support to congratulate Harrow United Deaf Club’s 5th Anniversary.  With nearly 700 members, the club is a fantastic asset to Harrow and the surrounding areas and provides an invaluable service.  I would like to pay tribute to all those who have brought their energy and creativity to the Club, which I believe has showcased the great character of Harrow. I would also like to congratulate President Asif Iqbal for the progress the Club has achieved so far and I wish the Club every success for the future.’

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party pledge full support to Harrow’s Deaf Awareness Day.

Harrow Asian Deaf Club is delighted to have the full support from Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party on Harrow Deaf Awareness Day (13th May 2013):

‘On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to wish you all the best with Harrow Deaf Awareness Day. Labour believes that everyone should play their part, and by organising this event you are ensuring that everyone in Harrow can access services and play a full part in the life of the community. I congratulate you on this initiative and wish all the participants the very best for the day’.

Esther McVey MP, Former Minister for Disabled People pledge full support to Harrow’s Deaf Awareness Day.

Following the recent announcement of Harrow’s Deaf Awareness Day, Harrow Asian Deaf Club (HADC organiser) was delighted to receive a further boost from the Government, recognising the Deaf Awareness Day as an important way of raising awareness and removing barriers.

Esther McVey MP, Former Minister for Disabled People explained: The Government is committed to ensuring deaf people are enabled to fulfil their potential and play a full role in society. I fully support initiatives like this aimed at improving understanding of the needs of deaf people, giving them greater input in to how they access services, and how the barriers they face can be removed or overcome.” Best of luck with your event

Helen Grant MP, Minister for Women and Equalities pledge full support to Harrow’s Deaf Awareness Day.

Harrow Asian Deaf Club is delighted to have the full support from Helen Grant, Minister for Women and Equalities on Harrow Deaf Awareness Day (13th May 2013).  Stressing the importance of removing barriers for deaf people so they can achieve their goals, she said:

“The Government wants to breakdown the physical, financial and cultural barriers that prevent talented people from playing their part in political life. That is why we have introduced the Access to Elected Office Fund which is an important step towards levelling the playing field”

Honorary Alderman Keith Toms

“What an excellent organisation Harrow United Deaf Club is which has served the people of Harrow in the last 5 years. It is a credit to the organisers in general, and Asif Iqbal.

In my capacity as Honorable Alderman Keith Toms, I often visit volunteer groups in the borough. This organisation has provided fundamental services in the volunteer sector which Harrow can feel justly proud of because it projects such a positive image of the way it represents its members. I urge deaf and hard of hearing people to join in its activities and avail themselves of the services it offers. At a personal level, I feel very much at home at its events and enjoy myself immensely! “

Councillor David Perry, Leader of the Labour Group, Harrow & Leader of Harrow Council

“Harrow United Deaf Club is a fantastic local charity that provides vital services for the community. Having visited numerous events held by the Deaf Club it was a wonderful experience in a great atmosphere.

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary and I look forward to supporting the club for another 5 years and beyond. Keep up the excellent work and thank you for your contribution to Harrow thus far”.

Councillor Susan Hall, former leader of Harrow Council: 

“Harrow is lucky to have such a vibrant Club representing deaf and hard of hearing people, whilst actively involving a Borough-wide community into their lifeblood. The Harrow United Deaf Club is proactive in running a welcoming and eventful group, and I am proud of their commitment to the residents’ of Harrow.

This Club represents the inclusiveness Harrow is so pleased to promote for people working selflessly for Harrow. I can only hope other clubs in the Borough will learn from the Harrow United Deaf Club and help stimulate a happier community. Regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or faith, there is something for everyone to enjoy – what more could you want!”

Councillor Sue Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture, Culture & Resident Engagement for Harrow Council.

Harrow United Deaf Club does fantastic work in the local community. An extremely active and prominent charity Harrow United Deaf Club’s events and campaigns do a great job of raising awareness for Deaf people in Harrow, and for bringing the community together.”

Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar,  Leader – Independent Labour Group

“On behalf of the Independent Labour Group, I would like to congratulate Harrow United Deaf Club on its 5th Anniversary and on the launch of their website. They are a good bunch of people and put in hard work for a wonderful cause. I am hard of hearing myself so appreciate the importance of what they do: raising awareness, supporting deaf people and organising fun events that bring families and communities together.

Hearing can never be a barrier for anything you want to achieve. I wish Harrow United Deaf Club many more successful years, and look forward to joining them for many more events.”