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Help Whittington Park Community Centre with their campaign

07 December, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

George Mayfield helping with the 50:90 appeal display


The Whittington Park Community Association (WPCA) is aiming to raise £50,000 in 90 days. Money from the 50:90 campaign will go towards the repair and renovation of Hocking Hall.

Loan Tran from the WPCA says: “We’ve raised £26,000 so
we are halfway to our target. The overall cost of the renovations is £1.12m and we’ve raised 80 per cent of this overall target but we need the community’s help to close the gap.”

Cathrin Walczyk and her husband Michael Garnett live in Yerbury Road near the WPCA and helped instal a banner to highlight the 50:90 campaign. Both architects with an interest in graphic design, they harnessed their skills to make a banner donning the WPCA campaign slogan.

Cathrin says: “Loan is our neighbour. We heard about what she was doing and thought we could help. The community centre is an incredible asset in the neighbourhood and helps people from a range of ages. It’s such an amazing institution – they really serve the wider community and this money will make sure they serve people for many more years to come.”

George Mayfield and Lubna Ibrahim used their charity volunteer days working at MVF, a tech company based in Kentish Town, to help put up the displays with caretaker Martin Freeman and receptionist Joanna Deller.

Details of how to donate at: fund/Transformation

The Whittington Park Community Association, in Yerbury Road, N19 4RS, offers a wide range of services for local people. For more information, call 020 7272 1847 or go to


Florence’s winning ways with chairs


Florence Bennett at the award ceremony


Islington’s Florence Bennett was awarded for the Best Upcycled Upright Chair at the London Upcycling Show last month.

The show shone a spotlight on upcycling and reuse with exhibitors providing endless inspiration for budding upcyclers, showcasing products such as instruments made out of plastic pipes to purses fashioned from milk cartons.

It was hosted by North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental charity Groundwork London. Florence says: “I think it’s a really good way to give objects a second lease of life that would otherwise end up in a refuse tip. Previously I have only done simple projects such as turning a kitchen cabinet into a bedside table and a barbecue into a plant pot.”

The judges looked for quality of work, originality, transformation, practicality and sustainability.

“I want our country to be a bit more sustainable and quite a lot of furniture does get thrown out after its first use,” says Florence. “I wanted an opportunity to show people what can be done with a simple piece of furniture.”

It is estimated that 10 million household items, from sofas to wardrobes, are thrown away in the UK every year, three million of which could be reused. By showcasing upcycling transformations from local residents, the event sought to encourage more Londoners to reuse and repurpose items rather than throwing away.

The London Upcycling Show took place at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on November 18.

More about upcycling at:


Cash raised by big-hearted knitters

With their knitting creations: Alison Avis, Joanne Cater, Chantal Branton and Scott Cater


A group of steady-handed knitters with big hearts have raised over £85 for Disability Action in Islington.

Alison Avis, Joanne Cater, Chantal Branton and Scott Cater were at a celebration for the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities at St Luke’s Community Centre last Monday. They sold knitted snowmen and Santas in a raffle.

Alison says: “I suffer from general mental health conditions and knitting helps me zone out. It slows the mind right down. I can sit down for hours and I only learnt how to knit a couple months ago.”

The group get together to knit goodies which they sell to raise money for a different charity or cause every month. Joanne says: “It’s a way to socialise and chatter which helps to combat loneliness – a big thing at Christmas.”

For more information about Disability Action in Islington see:


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