In advance of Mitzvah Day on Friday 15 November Mike Gapes has issued the following statement.
"I'm delighted to once again give my support to Mitzvah Day. I know that many thousands of people in Ilford, Redbridge and all over the country will be giving their time to help others.
"Over the last eight years, Mitzvah Day has grown significantly from roots here in London to become a world-wide initiative. It brings people together from all generations and different faiths to help each other and our local communities. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved. "