Sad news about two of our involved residents

Thomas Lange and Mike Slaughter, both of whom were keen members of their local Neighbourhood Committees, have died recently. We’re sorry to have lost two people who were passionate about helping us deliver great services for residents.

Thomas was a former Involved Resident of the Year winner at our Creating Places Awards, and a keen member of the South Neighbourhood Committee, our LGBT Resident Forum and his local resident association. He also acted as a neighbourhood champion.

Viewers of TV’s First Dates may remember Thomas from the show – he was so popular, the producers invited him back for a second appearance.

He had enjoyed a successful career in the hospitality industry, working for top hotels and mixing with royalty. Unfortunately, however, his health cost him his job in 2005 and things went downhill from there – until he became an L&Q resident three years later.

He died in his home in April, aged 52. He is fondly remembered by colleagues and residents alike for his insight, his kindness and his compassion.

Mike Slaughter was a member of the Thames Neighbourhood Committee and a former leader of the London Borough of Bexley. He died recently following a long illness.

His funeral was attended by other members of his Neighbourhood Committee, including its chair, Jerry Ogbeide. James Brokenshire MP, who is both MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and Cllr Teresa O’Neill, the current leader of Bexley council, were also there to pay their respects.

Mike is remembered for being a real people person and for caring very much for residents in Bexley.