London’s rough sleepers can now shower in two shower systems, one in a converted trailer and one in a shipping container – leaving them feeling clean, confident and better able to plan a happy future for the first time in months. All down to Sarah, who crowdfunded £5,390 for her ShowerBox project in 2018, to pay for and insure them. And there are more coming. When she gets the funding, she has bigger ideas for more mobile and permanent showers, washing machines and book swaps across London, enhancing the lives of the homeless.
This year, Strength & Stem will run floristry sessions for 10 ladies who escaped human trafficking – offering an empowering and therapeutic place where they’ll get creative and find a community. And it’s all down to Jess, who’s laid on afternoon teas, flower crown-making sessions and crowdfunded over £3,000 to offer travel, refreshments and materials, hire a venue and give hope to those who need it the most.
The Willow School and Broadwater Farm Children's Centre
Children on Britain’s most deprived estate are getting the ultimate summer holiday this year, with over £300,000 to spend on clubs, classes and day trips – things that they’d ordinarily never have experienced. Known for gang crime and violence, they’ll be heading out of Tottenham, north London, and getting strapped into rollercoasters at Chessington World of Adventure. Or splashing at the beach or pool, coming nose to nose with safari animals or art and museum exhibits. But most importantly, a safe space where kids can be kids. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief now the The Willow School and Broadwater’s Children Centre are opening their doors this summer thanks to their supporters.