Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Londoners Dig Deep to Help Dispossessed

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Londoners Dig Deep to Help Dispossessed

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THIS newspaper's campaign on behalf of London's dispossessed, which began in March, has already had a profound effect on the way our politicians think about poverty in the capital. But we are not just seeking to raise awareness of the seriousness of the city's social deprivation. Our aim in this campaign is nothing less than to transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the capital. And already, there has been an astonishing response to our initiative from Londoners, not just celebrities and politicians such as Ken Livingstone, Tracey Emin and Terence Conran, but ordinary individuals, people of modest means. Their generosity has set the tone for this campaign. The money we raise will go directly to community and volunteer organisations who work with people who are marginalised or poverty stricken, and for whom a small grant could be genuinely transformative. We give examples of some of them today.

There is the Whitehall cleaner who earns less than [pounds sterling]7 an hour to provide for her three children, and for whom a small sum to attend English classes would offer the chance of obtaining skilled work, or at least the possibility of talking to her children's teachers. There is the young girl who is training as a community leader, despite her mother's grave illness, and who would benefit from a grant to the organisation that helps train her.

We see the boy who desperately wants to escape the gang violence which dominates his neighbourhood, and who has derived new self-confidence from attending a small organisation offering young men positive activities to keep them out of trouble and become more employable. There is the woman suffering sickle cell syndrome who wants to raise finance for a local group that helps other sufferers.

The notable aspect of the grants is that they go to bodies that empower the dispossessed to help themselves. …

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