Category Archives: Charity

Rashford-backed charity delivered 1m meals in Croydon in 2020

FareShare, the country’s biggest charity fighting hunger and food waste, redistributed enough food in Croydon in the past year for almost 1million meals. The charity, which has the backing of England footballer Marcus Rashford, says that the extent of its … Continue reading

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South Norwood Lake charity Jumble Trail, Jun 13

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It could be you! Last call for Lottery Awards nominations

Shirley Ballas, Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, is offering people and projects from Croydon the chance to waltz off with a National Lottery Award by getting their nominations in before the June 7 deadline. The awards are the annual search … Continue reading

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Selhurst Park charity match scores big for children’s hospital

A charity football match in aid of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital featuring Jimmy Bullard and Anton Ferdinand has already scored a major goal by beating its fund-raising target more than a week before kick-off at Selhurst Park. The Goals … Continue reading

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Covid pressures could see homelessness soar, warn boroughs

London faces the most severe homelessness crisis in the country, according to the capitals borough councils, as they face a “triple whammy” of upcoming risks over the summer, as lockdown restrictions and special covid-19 emergency aid for the homeless are … Continue reading

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No bridge is too far for Purley couple’s Forces Day march

Alison and Nick Goveia will be going that extra mile or so on Armed Forces Day next month to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The Goveias, from Purley, have signed up to walk SSAFA’s 13 Bridges Challenge … Continue reading

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Coulsdon comrades come together to mark Legion’s 100 years

On Monday, to mark the centenary of the establishment of the British Legion in May 1921, a ceremony was staged involving members of the Coulsdon Branch of the Royal British Legion and Coulsdon residents’ associations at the war memorial in … Continue reading

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Your chance to take fight against cancer into the boxing ring

Anyone in Croydon or Sutton looking to get fit after lockdown and raise some money for Britain’s biggest cancer charity is being offered the chance to pull on their gloves and step into the ring and be their very own … Continue reading

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Charity campaigner short-listed for Sheila McKechnie prize

A Croydon-based activist has been named among the finalists for the prestigious Shelia McKechnie Foundation Young Campaigner of the Year award. Sophia Moreau began her career in Croydon as an equality and diversity advocate in 2011. By 2019, Moreau was … Continue reading

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Wallington groups seek to clean-up for Christian Aid Week

Members of St Michael and All Angels junior choir, siblings Viviene and Jansen Lim are getting ready for a sponsored litter pick on May 23. They will be raising money for international relief and development charity Christian Aid in its … Continue reading

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Palace fans’ donations help homeless charity cook up hope

Homelessness charity Evolve Housing + Support, together with Crystal Palace FC and their charity, the Palace for Life Foundation, are launching a 12-week cooking course for people who are homeless in Croydon. The Foundation has donated £1,000 to pay for … Continue reading

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Big Local looking to fund deserving Broad Green groups

Got an idea for a small project that will improve the lives of people in Broad Green? There’s an organisation in your neighbourhood that wants to distribute thousands of pounds of grant money to the right causes. In the past … Continue reading

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Amazon delivers £2,000 donation to NHS hospital charity

The Amazon delivery station team in Croydon has donated £2,000 to a charity that provides support to patients, staff and visitors at St George’s Hospital. The charity, based at the major NHS hospital in Tooting, received the donation as part … Continue reading

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IT company steps up efforts to raise thousands for Mia May

Staff from a Surbiton IT company have walked almost 3million steps in a month to raise funds for six-year-old Mia May from Maidstone, who has a genetic disorder which leaves her blind and unable to speak or walk. Eight staff … Continue reading

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Car pollution near schools big worry for children, survey finds

Almost two-thirds of London schoolchildren are worried about air pollution near their school – an increase of 11 per cent since a similar survey was conducted in 2018. A YouGov poll, commissioned by the walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, surveyed … Continue reading

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Croydon cancer patients receive £44,000 in charity ‘lifelines’

A charity made grants totalling more than £44,000 to Croydon residents with cancer in 2020, to help them through the darkest times of the coronavirus pandemic. The payments to 144 Croydon residents with cancer were part of £1million in hardship … Continue reading

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Sign up for Windrush fund information event, Apr 21

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Whitgift Foundation sows the seeds of a green revival

The Whitgift Foundation, Croydon’s biggest landowners and the operators of three large fee-paying schools, has launched an ambitious borough-wide gardening project to inspire residents to shrug off lockdown, dust off the trowels and get green-fingered as we spring into spring. … Continue reading

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Celeb-backed charity seeking help from local businesses

CLARA MURRAY reports from the launch of a celebrity-backed skills and employability programme for disadvantaged youngsters The Music Relief Foundation has been working with young people in the borough for 10 years from its Thornton Heath base, and today they … Continue reading

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Chocolate eggs giveaway as Big Mike cooks up Easter

A community-minded restaurant is giving away 200 chocolate Easter eggs this Saturday, as Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen gears up to finally be able to open for guests later next month. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen moved in to premises at Boxpark … Continue reading

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Comic Relief backs work of Selhurst’s Guiding Hands

Tracey Davis, the founder of Guiding Hands, a voluntary organisation that helps families, has been nominated by the council as a lockdown hero. BBC Radio London’s Make A Difference is interviewing a Londoner in each borough who has gone the … Continue reading

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Job vacancies: family carer facilitators, Croydon Mencap

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Oval Tavern flips pancakes into help for the homeless

The team at The Oval Tavern in East Croydon is joining forces with the Green Party to support homeless people in Croydon. They have set up an appeal for food, toiletries, warm clothing and sleeping bags. The donations will be … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped council breaks rent deals with voluntary groups

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Dozens of community centres in the borough which are used and often maintained by volunteers could now face closure as the council ends its rent subsidies. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES The cash-strapped council has written to dozens … Continue reading

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Big Local Broad Green annual meeting via Zoom, Apr 8

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