Noreen Meehan director of the Festival says “The COVID-19 crisis has meant we face a massive drop in advertising and sponsorship as our amazing local businesses have suffered hugely. We’re incredibly grateful to those who have been able to stay involved this year, but we, like our partner charities, are facing a precarious future.
“By donating to My Crystal Palace Appeal you’ll help bring our charity back from the brink and make sure we and our partners are here to support our community and celebrate together in 2021.”
The Festival is run by a small charity The Great North Wood Collective, and we believe the Festival is just what Crystal Palace needs to bring us together after these unbelievable few months. But it will take us to the edge of our finances. Your support will help us stage this unique festival in 2020 and ensure we can come back again in 2021.
And we want to share the love. Collaboration with other local charities makes the Festival the celebration of local creativity we know and love. Your donation will help keep these incredible organisations going too, so they can carry on reaching people who need our love and support.
How can you help?
50% of your donations will support the Festival and the rest will be split between the amazing charity partners you voted for:
ClearCommunityWeb helps to develop the digital skills or older people, vulnerable adults, carers and community groups via classes, workshops and 1:1 support. They break down the barriers and try to explain and describe things in simple terms and help people practically apply it.
Caspar Kennerdale, the director says “ With more funds we would continue the classes at the Library, extend our workshops into Anerley, South Norwood, Penge, cares home and assisted living accommodation and be able to improve the capacity for our virtual Community Tech Support programme which is currently referral only.” clearcommunityweb.co.uk
Paxton Green TimeBank (PGTB) has been supported isolated and vulnerable people since 2008. During lockdown they continued to support members to help each other to use online services. Volunteers have been calling isolating older people and delivering basic essentials to over 40 isolating households. Their food hub delivers free weekly food parcels to over 190 residents and they have also linked up with local charity Invisible Palace and award winning Gipsy Hill restaurant and takeaway Eastern Cuisine to provide over 60 delivered hot meals a week to local residents who are isolating due to age or health, or experiencing food poverty as a result of COVID-19.
Alison Paule, director of PGTB said: “One older resident who has been isolating for over 10 weeks now told us that receiving our weekly food parcel and then a hot meal from Eastern Cuisine made her feel ‘almost as if she were back in the real world’. Demand is increasing so we need to raise more funds to continue our services.” www.pgtimebank.org
The Hive At St John The Evangelist Church is a community project held weekly at the church for anyone in need to come and have a free two course meal, take part in creative activities and socialise – everyone is welcome from all faiths or none. It is funded by donations with a small team of dedicated volunteers. They also offer Foodbank Vouchers and can work with people on referrals.
Fr John, vicar at St John’s says “Everyone is welcome and can be themselves. Supporting The Hive is supporting a place set aside in our community for those who might not have anywhere else to belong. We just can’t say no so we are always in need of funds to help more people.” friendship-and-support
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