Best of South London


Crystal Palace Football Club donate £1,000 to create cooking classes for homeless people

A premier league football club are donating £1,000 to create cooking classes for homeless people. Crystal Palace F.C. and it’s charitable arm, the Palace for Life Foundation, are working with leading London charity Evolve Housing + Support to launch a 12-week cooking course for homeless people in Croydon.


Locals praise hero who entered a burning pub and rescued the unconscious barman

Locals have praised the hero who entered a burning pub and rescued his unconscious neighbour, the pub’s barman, Asa Holmes. Michael Goldberg who lives off Dartmouth Road and close to the The Bird in Hand pub, with his wife Sharon Vardi, described Joe O’Rourke, a gravedigger who works at Camberwell New Cemetery, as a “true hero”.


Mother gives more than £10,000 in thank you gifts to hospital staff after they saved her son and nan

A family has given more than £10,000 in thank you gifts to hospital staff after they saved the lives of two of them at Christmas. Georgie Theobald, from Denmark Hill, Camberwell, has put a smile on thousands of faces at King’s College Hospital because staff helped save the life of her grandmother and her son.


Spotlight on fashion

As the weather gets warmer and lockdown restrictions ease, it is time to celebrate by wearing bright patterns and chunky jewellery. South London is a hub for emerging talent, with areas like Peckham and Camberwell boasting some of the most exciting emerging designers. This month we feature the work of three different creatives who are producing beautiful products all based south of the river.


More than £137,000 raised for 20-year-old that lost life trying to save woman who fell from London Bridge

Well-wishers and bereaved friends and family of a man who drowned trying to save a woman in the Thames have donated more than £60,000 in tribute to his sacrifice. Folajimi Olubumnmi-Ademole, 20, selflessly threw himself off London Bridge to try and save the flailing struggler in the early hours of Saturday – but only managed to become a victim himself of the river’s swirling undercurrents.


Peckham food charity expands free hot meal and conversation services to extra day

A Peckham-based food and loneliness charity is doubling the amount of meals they are giving out from the end of April. In addition to their Cook and Collect service that runs on Saturdays, FoodCycle will also run the service on Wednesdays.


Chart-topping musician joins calls for clean air charter after nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death

A chart-topping musician has joined calls for a clean air charter after a schoolgirl died as a result of pollution in Lewisham. Love Ssega, who once fronted international band Clean Bandit, described the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah as ‘appalling’ and said more needs to be done to tackle air pollution.


Lewisham students help community group create migration themed mural on Lewisham Shopping centre

Six students from the Lewisham school of Muralism have helped a community group create a mural on the side of Lewisham Shopping centre on the theme of migration.


Veteran walks 300 miles to raise money for arts centre in memory of New Cross fire

Musician and veteran Eddie Capone is walking 300 miles throughout April to raise money for an arts centre in memory of the victims of the New Cross fire. This is the first stage in Mr Capone’s fundraising plan for the centre – through which he hopes to raise £1 million.


Home(less) Made charity cultivates creative flare in art to help the homeless

The pandemic has had a crippling impact on the homeless. Home(less) Made charity has been cultivating the creative flare of a number of homeless people, to make artwork to be sold to help build a sustainable income


Lewisham rapper gives out free Morley’s to local kids at mixtape launch

Vic Santoro, provided free meals to local kids at four stores across his home borough, Lewisham, last Wednesday, April 14. The rapper, who attended John Stainer primary school, gave out free chicken and chips at the branches he used to frequent as a child in Brockley, Lewisham, Catford and Ladywell.


King’s College Hospital appoints its first equality chief

A hospital has appointed its first equality chief. Funmi Onamusi has been appointed to the newly-created substantive role of Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She will aim to accelerate the trust’s ambitious equality agenda.


Estate fed thousands of vulnerable people during pandemic with volunteers working 80 hour weeks

“We were just thrust into it – having so many clients. We went from working two hours a week to 80 hours.”  Taken out of context, you might think those were the words of an entrepreneur who has struck gold with a unique idea that had quickly made them a fortune.


Camberwell kids launch online petition to ban use of wasteful plastic in packing

Three friends have launched an online petition to ban use of wasteful plastic in packing. Camberwell girls Raya Branford, 11, Katie Leeming, 11 and Katia Woods, 10 who all attend Lyndhurst school in Camberwell have launched a petition online to stop the use of packing peanuts made from non-renewable plastic in the UK. 


Deptford charity distributing hundreds of thousands of meals after huge increase in demand in lockdown

A charity supplying surplus food to hard-up families has more than doubled the number it gave out during the pandemic. Fareshare, which redistributes edible food that would otherwise have gone to waste, has donated more than 40,000 packs from its Deptford depot to 254 London charities.

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