A gala dinner is being held this autumn to benefit the elderly and the disadvantaged youth of central London.

 

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation was set up to continue the work of the Tory politician who worked as Boris Johnson’s chief of staff.

Sir Simon died suddenly in 2011, aged just 49, after a successful career in London politics.

 

He had served as one of Boris Johnson’s deputies when he was Mayor of London. Later he became Boris’s chief of staff.

Before that, Milton had led Westminster City Council and been Chairman of the Local Government Association.

The black tie and champagne dinner on October 21st at the Royal Lancaster Hotel will support the work of the Foundation.

It helps London’s isolated elderly and provides education and training opportunities for the young.

Milton was knighted in 2006 for services to local government.

A “one nation” Tory, he had read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was also chairman of the university’s Conservative Association and president of the Cambridge Union.

His death in 2011 followed a long battle with leukaemia through which he continued to work.

In its first seven years, the foundation has raised funds to open the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College, educating the engineers of the future.

It has funded 27 Scholarships and Bursaries for students from low income families.

The foundation also holds a Westminster Tea Dance for 1,000 older residents. At Christmas it hands out hampers to the most isolated and lonely older citizens of the city.

You can find out how to support the Foundation by visiting its website.