Past Events

Grier Trio Charity Concert

Grier Trio concertThe Grier Trio performed an exclusive concert on Sunday 28th June 2015 to raise funds for the Brent Centre. The three talented musicians helped to raise £11,000 for the Centre, which will be used to provide vital talking therapies to young people.

70 people came to enjoy the intimate evening of music, food and wine at Ivy House in North London, where the Trio played a selection of classical pieces including Violin Sonata by Janacek and Arpeggione Sonata for Cello & Piano D 821 by Schubert.

Pianist and composer, Francis Grier, is an eminent Psychoanalyst himself, and so adolescent mental health is a cause which is close to his heart. His two daughters, Savitri who plays the violin and Indira who plays the cello, are both award winning young musicians.

Dr Maxim de Sauma, CEO and Clinical Director said: “We are very grateful that this talented Trio gave their time to put on such a superb concert for supporters of the Brent Centre. They are very gifted musicians, and the audience clearly enjoyed their performance. We are very fortunate indeed to have such experiences donated in order to raise much needed funds.”

Grier Trio concert 2An auction followed the concert, with items donated including holiday homes in Italy, Scotland and Paris, pieces of art work by Deanna Tyson which were designed specifically for the Brent Centre, a handmade wooden bowl and two vases designed by the award winning designer and architect, Zaha Hadid.

A raffle draw brought the evening to a close, with the winner leaving with a dinner for two at the Michelin starred Harwood Arms, in Fulham.

The money raised from the concert, which was organised by the Brent Centre’s Trustees, will be used to help young people in distress to receive mental health support at the Centre. Thank you to everyone who came to the concert for making it such a success.

We would also like to thank the Grier Trio for playing, all the people and organisations who donated auction and raffle prizes, and to the volunteers who helped with the evening.

James Rhodes Charity Concert

CJames Rhodeslassical pianist and Brent Centre supporter, James Rhodes, performed an exclusive intimate concert on Thursday 8th May 2014 to raise funds for the Centre. The concert, which was organised by Brent Centre Trustees, was held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, where over 80 people came for the evening of music.

James played a beautiful set, including Chopin's Ballade No.3 and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664. Between each piece, he entertained the audience with anecdotes about the musicians and spoke about his support for the Brent Centre for Young People and adolescent mental health.

James had a breakdown himself and spent time in psychiatric wards, so the work of the Brent Centre is close to his heart.

An auction followed the concert, with items including holiday homes in Scotland, Italy and France, a Valentino hand bag and a handmade quilt raising thousands of pounds. A raffle draw brought the evening to a close, with the winner leaving with a dinner for two at Michelin starred restaurant, Kitchen W8, in Kensington.

The event raised £10,000, and all the money raised will be used to help young people in distress to receive mental health support at the Brent Centre. Thank
you to everyone who came to the concert for making it such a success.

We would also like to thank James for playing, to all the people and organisations who donated auction and raffle prizes, to the volunteers on the evening and to Ramsey from for capturing the evening with photographs.

Find out more about James Rhodes at his website -

Pruhealth Ride London-Surrey 100, 4th August 2013

Ride 2013

August 2013 marked the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and as part of the legacy, 20,000 cyclists took part in a 100 mile cycle ride along the course of the London Olympic Road Race.

Two of our supporters took part in the challenge and raised over £700 for the Brent Centre. One of them even auctioned his old bike in order to raise money!

We have two places available for the event this year, so please email us if you are interested in taking part at and we can give you more information.

The Best of British Comedy, February 2013

Comedy 2013With star performances from Natalie Haynes, Robin Ince and Mark Thomas, the Best of British Comedy fundraiser was a great success, raising £20,000 for the Centre. Their sharply observed humour, wit and warmth all made for generous performances, perfectly pitched to the audience both old and young. Natalie as our comic compere, Robin with extremely funny musings on the vagaries of ageing, and Mark on his highly entertaining Manifesto all kept the audience laughing heartily throughout.

A live auction followed, hosted by Natalie and Mark, which raised £6000 from auction bids alone.  You can find out more about Natalie, Robin and Mark: their books, CDs and performances past and present on their websites:

During the evening, a presentation about the vital work the Brent Centre does and a short film about Sport & Thought reminded the guests about the cause they were supporting. Click here to see the clip.

The Tabernacle was a great venue for our event; it provided a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff who, together with our own team of volunteers, worked hard to make it such a successful evening. There was plenty of time to mingle and meet up with friends between the performances.

Thanks go to our very generous donors who gave us the items for the auction and raffle. 1st raffle prize was dinner with wine at the 2 Michelin star Ledbury Restaurant and auction items included works of art, holidays, fashion items and a variety of promises. We also received many cash donations. 

Thanks go especially to Natalie who got her friends Robin and Mark to come along and lend us their talent, and of course to Robin and Mark themselves.  The amount raised for Brent Centre for Young People exceeded all our expectations.

The funds raised are being used to provide our clinical services, and to update the Centre’s data systems.


Sport & Thought Presentation at the Freud Museum, December 2012

Sport and Thought

On 6th December 2012, Brent Centre therapist Daniel Smyth held a presentation at the iconic Freud Museum in North West London. The audience gathered in the former home of Sigmund Freud and his family to hear Daniel discuss the idea behind the Brent Centre’s Sport & Thought project, and the impressive outcomes achieved over the first year.

Sport & Thought is a programme that combines football coaching and group therapy. It is a different kind of talking therapy to our other services, and is run especially for young people who struggle with their behaviour and find it difficult to engage in school.

Daniel explained that a young person’s angry reactions on the football pitch often reflect their reactions to others in their everyday lives.  The key to Sport & Thought is to enable the boys to think before they act. For example many young people reacted angrily when another player got too close in a tackle. Daniel then worked with the boys to think about how it can be difficult to have someone in your personal space, but that it is better to think and move to a place where you are more comfortable than to act out in anger.

The talk centred on the year spent developing the project at a secondary school for boys in Harlesden. Daniel read his term-by-term diary of the project, and showed two films which were created to show the project in action, and to visually explain the concept behind this unique and innovative work.  The evening was a great success, and raised the profile of the Centre and the Sport & Thought project.


London to Lands End Cycle Challenge, July 2012

Cycling Challenge 2013From the 12th – 15th July 2012 three of our supporters set off on their 325 mile journey from London to Lands End. Their grueling challenge raised £1450 in sponsorship for the Brent Centre. Starting the day with breakfast in Blackheath, London, the cyclists went onto endure 3 days of sunshine, rain, hills and sore limbs! We really appreciate the efforts of our cyclists and would love to support others in taking on the Ride London-Surrey100 event.




45 mile Anniversary Fundraising Walk, May 2012

45 Mile Walk


2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the Brent Centre’s opening, and in celebration, a group of our supporters embarked on a 45 mile sponsored walk across London on the 5th and 6th May 2012.

On day one, the group set off from Hyde Park, passed through Paddington, Islington, Hackney, crossed the Thames on the ferry, and ended a very tiring day in Greenwich. They picked up where they left on day two, walking through Deptford, Canary Wharf, the South Bank, across Lambeth Bridge and through Regents Park and Primrose Hill before heading West and ending up at the Brent Centre for a well deserved rest.

The weekend walking challenge raised £2,000 for the Brent Centre.