I was sad to hear of the loss of an extraordinary lady of Ghanaian origin, Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye. Dame Betty was inspired to set up her Mission Dine Club following an encounter with an elderly woman whom she met while they both waited in their doctors’ waiting room. Some time later, she went to find the lady who had asked her for a cup of tea, and found that she had passed away.
Touched by this, she went on to found the MDC in 1985 for elderly members of the community to come together for a meal and companionship. Twenty years later, Dame Betty went on to provide yourth activites. Her work touched thousands of people.
After her lottery-funded building was bulldozed by the local authority in 2011, Dame Betty carried on working with many who needed her support in the local community. With no permanent base for the next seven years, she travelled by bus and on foot to offer services incuding mentoring, visiting the sick, disabled and elderly in hospitals, cooking meals for those unable to do so for themselves, and accompanying the elderly on outings via the ‘Just Call Me A Friend’ arm of her work. She won the support of many organisations and charities.
Dame Betty was awarded a “special community long service award” in 2017.