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Link Age Southwark launches Bloomin’ Lovely

Local charity Link Age Southwark has launched a brand new project with the aim of bringing colour and nature back to the lives of older people in Southwark, but they need your help to make it happen. Bloomin’ Lovely is a fundraiser with a vision of gifting plants to older people who have been unable to leave their homes for many weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the pandemic, the charity have been supporting over 60s who have been unable to do any kind of shopping, which includes buying plants and flowers to spruce up their homes and gardens. This project aims to raise funds to deliver bedding plants, a bunch of flowers or a houseplant to show our older friends that the local community hasn’t forgotten them. A willing band of volunteer gardeners will deliver the plants and can also offer practical help with planting and tidying garden spaces to ensure our older friends’ gardens aren’t left untended. The charity’s fundraising goal is £5,000 which is being raised through an online crowdfunder page …

Charity Fundraising Video

Like most of us, local personal trainer Holly Russo has found the lockdown difficult, but she decided to do something quite different! I was inspired to create this charity fundraising video after watching another lockdown fight game created by some of the most successful Hollywood actresses. I decided to choose Mind charity as I have seen how mental health affects people first hand, including losing my uncle to suicide. This has been a very tough time with lockdown and people will need as much care and support as possible in moving forward with their lives. I am a local girl born and raised in Forest Hill and am also an actress and trainee stuntwoman. If you would like to help Holly, please watch her video and you can donate to her JustGiving page here. Follow Holly on Instagram.

The Last Word – Bercem Budak

In the June issue of SE23, local student Bercem Budak had the last word.  See what she had to say: I’m Bercem Budak, a student studying Media at Sussex University who is very interested in journalism. I also love music, I sing as well as play a Turkish instrument called the ‘baglama’. I’m the daughter and niece of the owners of the family run business Lazy Chef and currently manage their social media, create their menus and work part-time as a barista for additional income.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for my entire life; I was born here and grew up to be a part of the lovely community. What has changed most during that time? Growing up here I have seen some lovely changes, businesses have improved, there has been an addition of some lovely cafes, bars and pubs. What do you most value about the area? There is a lovely sense of community in Forest Hill, which I have found to be more important and …

Stay Alert Quiz is Back!

  Stay alert and join Link Age Southwark for another fantastic quiz LIVE on Facebook from the comfort of your own sofa! The quiz will take place live from our Facebook page on Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm. Follow Link Age Southwark to watch it live on the night. After the success of their previous two lockdown quizzes, Andrew has kindly agreed to return and host another fun and intriguing evening. Play with those at home or join a team using video calling. As always it’s free to take part, but Link Age Southwark ask you to consider making a £5 donation per team towards their Bloomin’ Lovely fundraiser – a new project to adapt their gardening service and supply plants and flowers to brighten up the homes and gardens of older people who are shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding from the project will also help to make up the shortfall from their cancelled community fundraising events which raise vital funds to facilitate their services. You can make your pledge here.

Marathon Update

  We are delighted to bring an update from the runners from Dulwich who completed their own marathon last week.  Tom Fender tell us more.     We set off at 8am on Saturday morning.  The weather was warm but it was a bit cloudy – this made running conditions perfect.  No wind or rain.  Susie had missed five weeks of running due to an achillies injury in the run up to Saturday which we all had in the back of our minds….but thankfully, her achillies held out brilliantly. We ran as a group the whole way round.  We had loads of friends and family support us on the route – including Leo Fender being our ‘outrider’ for the whole route.  Friends and family set up water / drinks/snack stations every 6-7km on average which was a godsend as 26 miles is quite a long way to go without refreshments and fuel/energy. Our route took us from Brockwell Park/Herne Hill to Brixton, Clapham, back to Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Camberwell, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, …