Local charity Move into Wellbeing has won an award for service to the community. The Atul Pathak Community Award was presented at the Houses of Parliament in June in the presence of MPs Rupa Huq and Virenda Sharma and founder of the awards, businessman Atul Pathak. Donna Schoenherr, who runs Move into Wellbeing alongside her dance business Ballet4Life, was presented with a plaque and a donation of money.

Move into Wellbeing is based in Chiswick and offers four weekly dance, movement, and exercise classes for those with Parkinson’s and/or many other mobility challenges. “We were absolutely thrilled to have been chosen” she says. “We are most grateful for this exposure and for this positive platform to grow from. This will aid us immensely in making our work more visible and available to our community, and will also help to raise awareness of the powerful and positive effects of dance.”

Atul Pathak operates a franchise for 37 McDonald’s restaurants in London and Berkshire and has been running the awards for the past six years. ‘We believe that operating a business and being socially responsible are inextricably linked’ says Atul. ‘We believe that it is our duty to give something back to the community and this is why we are involved with a number of local and national community focused initiatives. Locally we support a number of charities and community groups, so that together we can be proud of building out local community’.

Move into Wellbeing was referred for application for this award by Southfield Ward Cllr Andrew Steed.

Photograph above: Donna Schoenherr, second from the right; Atul Pathak far right

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