All posts tagged: charity

Featured in 15: Cure & Cause

Join cultural curators from diverse backgrounds; artists, explorers and writers for 15 minutes as they each share their stories and personal perspectives on different themes. Featured in 15 brings the atmosphere of an intimate cocktail party with the most interesting of guests bound to make to question your preconceptions and make you smile along the way, all whilst sipping on a glass of what you fancy, a unique concept set to make Forest Hill a destination on the ginger line. Featured in 15 have a female-centric feature on the 18th January as it’s also 100 years since women got the vote so felt it was a perfect time to celebrate Women. The founders of Featured in 15, Helen and Maya, always wanted to host a charity event and have a friend, Pip Majerski, who has stage 4 bowel cancer so the ticket proceeds of £10 per person will go towards the funds that Pip is raising for her cancer treatment. Pip will be a featured speaker sharing her story and raising awareness. The theme for January …

Become a Beanstalk reading hero in 2018 and help ensure no child is left behind

Could you help transform the prospects for a child through the power of books and stories? Literacy charity Beanstalk has launched a new campaign for 2018 to highlight the extraordinary difference members of the community in London can make by volunteering in primary schools to support children who struggle with reading. The work Beanstalk’s ‘reading heroes’ carry out will improve the lives of children that need extra help to prevent them from falling behind at school and to bring enjoyment into reading. For over 40 years Beanstalk has recruited, trained and supported reading helpers in primary schools to provide one-to-one support where it is crucially needed. Many children across London still leave primary school not having met the expected standards of reading which can lead to all sorts of problems in later life. By working with children who have either fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency or comprehension, Beanstalk’s reading helpers can make a significant difference to their future prospects. Their one-to-one sessions twice a week with the children …

Little Santas dash through Dulwich Park for Ugandan schoolchildren

Pupils from James Allen’s Preparatory School dressed up as Santas, elves and reindeers to round off a fortnight of fundraising that brought in over £2000 for children in Africa. The 40 JAPS pupils and their parents ran around the park several times in aid of Ugandan charity Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD), which runs a free school for children whose families could not otherwise afford to give them an education. Over the Christmas period the girls have raised £1800 for the school in Bwaise, the largest and poorest slum in the Ugandan capital Kampala. Other activities included selling Christmas cards, setting up a make shift hair salon in the school and a sale of handmade snowmen and Christmas angels by pupil Leona that brought in £200. The JAPS pupils also made up over 200 pencil cases with much needed stationery which have now been sent to the children in Bwaise. In addition to supporting AFFCAD, JAPS’s girls have raised £350 for Ebola orphans by selling their own hand made Christmas decorations. More information …

The Christmas Herne Hill Free Film Festival

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is celebrating Christmas with 9 free events this December, across a range of venues in SE24. The festival runs from the 7th – 20th December with a programme that includes Christmas classics, festive fantasies and, for the scrooges, a few Santa-free films too! At each event the Herne Hill Free Film Festival will be partnering with Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, to raise awareness of the great work the charity does and to bring food and support to those in need in the local area during the holiday period Dates: 7th December to 20th December 2017 Venues: Various locations around Herne Hill, SE24 Price: All events are free; no booking is required, but all venues are indoors and have limited capacity Full Programme: www.freefilmfestivals.org/hernehill/ The festival programme kicks off on the 7th December with a screening of the Oscar winning Babette’s Feast at the Herne Hill Baptist Church. This screening marks the start of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival’s partnership with the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, at one of …

Link Age Southwark Big Give Christmas Challenge

We are delighted to let you know that Link Age Southwark are participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017. This is an exciting opportunity to double the value of your donation to Link Age Southwark. The challenge runs from midday Tuesday 28th November to midday Tuesday 5th December. This year, Link Age Southwark are raising money for transport to their annual Christmas Party and activity groups in the coming months. Transport is an invaluable service for their older members, enabling them to get out of the house more and stay connected to their local community. This is May. May is 99 and grew up in Bermondsey. She sadly lost her husband when she was 65 and her son lives in Australia. A volunteer driver brings May to Link Age Southwark’s bridge and lunch group. She says “I joined Link Age Southwark when I was 85. I was lonely and bored but by going to the groups I’ve met some wonderful friendly people. I feel extremely lucky and I’m very grateful to Link Age Southwark for bringin joy to …