Putting the Fun into Funding

A summary of Hackney Giving's event on 13th April 2015

Putting the Fun into Funding

Monday April 13th was lucky for some in Hackney. A partnership led by Hackney CVS and East End Community Foundation, Hackney Giving, brought together business people and Hackney residents who met at the Lyst Studios, formerly White Cube Gallery, to enjoy an evening of giving to local causes. Organised by The Funding Network we were treated to a star turn from Ava Vidal a stand up comedienne and Hackney resident. These days Ava Vidal juggles motherhood with tour dates and TV appearances a world apart from the 5 years she spent as a prison officer at Pentonville after becoming a teenage mum at 18. Then the serious business of Hackney Giving a dragons’ den style auction began.

Three local charities benefitted from over £8,500 raised in the one evening there were no losers. Evergreen Play Association Limited provides inclusive play during the summer holidays and enables children with a disability to enjoy a mainstream play environment. The money raised will help out with trips and art materials.

Sev Necati Training works with women and young people to increase their confidence and self-esteem and personal safety. Sadly Hackney has the 2nd highest rate of sexual offences against women in the UK and money raised on the night will help them run a course supporting women and young people who have been the victims or might become the victims of crime.

Finally The Crib is also addressing criminal and anti-social behaviour caused by some young people in Hackney. Their new funding will provide pathways for young people to exit from gang affiliation by interesting and engaging them in live performance, production and event management.

The event included drinks and canapes and a great deal of networking. Donations varied from £5 to £500 with several businesses laying down match funding challenges which were met by individuals or other businesses.

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