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Comedian Tom Allen hosting a live online quiz to raise money for South East London’s St Christopher’s Hospice

Tomorrow night – 7.30pm on 22 May – local comedian, and Channel Four’s Bake Off: The Professionals presenter, Tom Allen will host a live online event to raise funds for St Christopher’s Hospice, which supports around 1,200 people every day across South East London. The ‘Fun Time Quiz Time with Tom Allen’ event can be joined on Facebook Live and YouTube Live, details can be found at https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/tomallenquiz In return for entertaining people directly in their own front rooms during lockdown, Tom is asking for donations to the hospice, however big or small. Currently, all of St Christopher’s 26 charity shops are shut and the hospice has had to cancel fundraising events and sponsored activities. This means a huge shortfall in its fundraising income since the outbreak of Covid-19, but tomorrow night the hospice hopes that its community will back its Emergency Appeal and help keep the hospice caring for those most in need. Supporters can text the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 70500 to donate £5 to the hospice’s Emergency Appeal.

Cooking Online In Lockdown

Nena Foster wrote a lovely article for the May issue of SE23 which we are happy to share. As a freelance nutritional chef, my work revolves around working with people; whether it is a cookery class or workshop, working with clients on a 1-2-1 basis or cooking on a set for a cookbook or magazine. My job also revolves around consistent access to food, so it was no surprise, but still came as a shock, that when we ended up in lockdown all my work completely dried up or needed to be delivered without making contact with others. After an initial panic, I decided to take my experience as a cookery teacher, former university lecturer delivering remote teaching sessions and use my limited (but growing) tech skills to move the parts of my business that I could online. The first week of lockdown was spent trying to make sure my family had what we needed and was spent getting up to speed with transitioning to online class delivery. At times it felt completely impossible; juggling …

How do we return the nation to work as safely as possible?

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a tidal wave of change in our lives and having had a period of lockdown, we are now facing the tentative returns to work. Like everyone, I have been keen to know how to help. I have known that testing and tracking Covid-19 will be key to how we can keep this in check. It will allow us to review the impacts that relaxing of lockdown will have. Testing has been a contentious issue and availability has rightly been limited to our keyworkers and anyone ill or at risk. However, it is also important that testing is now more widely available to us all. Given my background in research and as a surgeon, I have waited until the right tests with high levels of accuracy were available for me to be confident enough to offer it. At The Clinic by Dr Mayoni, we are now able to supply two separate tests: a PCR swab test kit to help determine if you are currently infected by Covid-19, or an Antibody fingerprick …

The Last Word – Nicola Johnson

We caught up with Nicola Johnson, one half of the duo behind the The Great Big SE4 and SE23 Raffle.   Nicola had The Last Word in the May issue of SE23. I’m Nicola Johnson, a lawyer and mum of 2 teens living in Honor Oak. I’m currently running The Great Big SE4 & SE23 Raffle with Amanda Pearce, another local mum who I originally got to know through Twitter and the SE23 Mums Facebook group. We were inspired to start the raffle, which aims to support local independent businesses during the Covid-19 crisis, by Victoria Rennison’s efforts in East Dulwich, and I knew that Amanda would be the perfect person to partner with to make an SE4/SE23 raffle a success. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I moved to Honor Oak from East Dulwich on New Year’s Eve 2001, whilst pregnant with my first child. I was a bit nervous about making the short move from an area I loved to one that I wasn’t at all familiar with …

The Last Word – Amanda Pearce

  We caught up with Amanda Pearce, one half of the duo behind the The Great Big SE4 and SE23 Raffle who is  passionate about indie businesses and shopping small.  Amanda had The Last Word in the May issue of SE23. I’m Amanda Pearce, Forest Hill resident, mum to two boys, coffee addict, crocheter, classically trained soprano, and Australian export.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a Forest Hill local for nearly 7.5 years, arriving in December 2012. What brought you here? The offer of a spare room, whilst I found my feet in freezing London after moving from Australia. I loved the feel of the area so much that I found a room to rent, and never left! What has changed most during that time? The shop-fronts have certainly changed! There’s always a tug of sadness that the Laundromat was replaced by an estate agent, but it’s been great to see some of the diversity opening up along Dartmouth Road and how well it’s been received. What do you most …