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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.

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, …

Dulwich Croquet Fundraiser

Over the Summer Solstice weekend Dulwich Sports Club held an exhausting but fun croquet marathon raising funds for both the club and St Christopher’s Hospice. For many lock-down has meant no sport at all, so Guy Scurfield and Peter Haydon of the croquet section decided to create some excitement. Croquet is one of the few sports where social distancing is easy to maintain while still giving the pleasure of knocking a ball about! All sections of the club were invited to join them on a 25-hour slog, and overnight 50 people, many usually tennis, hockey, cricket or squash players as well as croquet stalwarts, made up doubles partnerships to see them through the night. They started at noon on Saturday (20) and finished with muscles aching and eyes going out of focus, at 1pm on Sunday lunchtime.  So far they have raised over £4000.   You can still donate via their fundraising page. For more photos including a beautiful time-lapse video of the sun rising over the lawns for the people playing the 4-5 am stint, go to their …