Best of South London


EastEnders screenwriter who wrote miscarriage storyline to walk 21 miles to raise awareness

An EastEnders script writer who used her own experiences to write the storyline about Ruby Allen’s miscarriages is doing a sponsored walk this month to raise money for charity. Natalie Mitchell, 38, originally from Brenley House, Tennis Street, Borough and now living in Bexley, signed up for the Miscarriage Association’s Miles That Matter 21 with husband Sam Wainwright, a construction engineer.


British Library’s business help gets Yum Seng starting a new venture

For husband and wife team, Chuong and Stephanie Van Dang, the lockdown over the past year has resulted in the start of a new business venture, Yum Seng – a successful dim sum and cocktail meal kit business based in Lambeth. After Chuong and Stephanie moved house, they missed their local dim sum restaurants and couldn’t find any that compared, so they decided to start their own.


Croydon residents urged to donate plasma

NHS Blood and Transplant is today launching its first national campaign for people to donate plasma for medicines, including at the Croydon donor centre.  Plasma donation only restarted in April after a gap of more than 20 years and few people know what plasma donation is. An NHSBT survey shows only 23 per cent of the public know about it. 


Croydon security officer honoured with prestigious award for keeping safe one of London’s most iconic buildings

A Croydon security officer has been honoured with a prestigious award for keeping safe one of London’s most iconic buildings. Javon Lewis, a 23-year-old employee of Dardan Security, has been recognised with an ACS Pacesetters Officer of Distinction Award for his outstanding work as a ‘brand ambassador’ and guard at The Royal Exchange in Bank in the heart of the City of London.


‘Dedicated’ worker celebrates fifty years working for safety company after starting at just 18-years-old

Bob Wright has proved he has got the Wright stuff. Bob joined a safety equipment company in 1971, after getting fed up with his first job. That has clearly not been a problem at Kee Systems, once of Battersea and now in Earlsfield – because he has just celebrated working there for 50 years.


Croydon cancer carer uses poetry to help other carers after his life was turned upside down

When his mum was diagnosed with cancer Darren Randon’s life was turned upside down. On top of the stress of worrying for his mum’s health, Darren, 35, became her part-time carer. She was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the liver in 2017 when she was 49. Darren cut down his hours working for a Croydon charity to look after her.


Crystal Palace fan’s family run distance from Selhurst Park to Paris and raise £30,000 for charity

The family of a Crystal Palace fan and former ITV News editor have completed the grueling challenge of running 460km in one month – and raised almost £30,000 for charity. Lee Roberts and Jordan Smith were cheered over the finish line on June 30 after running the equivalent distance between Selhurst Park and Paris.


Luxurious renovation for Woodlands House Care & Nursing Home

Residents at Woodlands House Care & Nursing Home in Colliers Wood have been enjoying the summer sunshine with gardening and outdoor activities this month. Recently refurbished, the care home has a wonderful range of luxury facilities designed to enable people to enjoy an array of activities and help residents live life to the full.


Catford man stuns with remarkable recovery despite being one of the ‘sickest covid patients’

A Lewisham patient has left Doctors stunned with his ‘remarkable’ recovery from Covid-19. Maurice Douglas, 63, from Catford, was in hospital for over 70 days after contracting coronavirus. 


Hospital donates £50,000 to a charity that supports the families of patients

A hospital has donated £50,000 to a charity which hosts the families of patients, so they can stay in a hotel while they comfort their loved ones on the wards. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has donated £50,000 to Ronald McDonald House Evelina London, to ensure families can continue to stay close to their children when they’re in hospital.


Record-holding veteran climbs the O2’s roof walk to celebrate his 100th birthday

A veteran has climbed Up at The O2 to celebrate his 100th birthday. Harry White from Romford, defended his title as the record holder for the oldest person to take part in The O2’s roof walk, Up at The O2.


British tennis star Heather Watson and WaterAid help two young players fulfil their dreams

British number two tennis star Heather Watson is teaming up with WaterAid and the Wimbledon Foundation to help two budding young tennis players fulfil their dream of playing tennis at Wimbledon. The two schoolgirls won a competition and saw their dream encapsulated in one of a series of “Droplets of Dreams”, which highlight the importance of clean water in unlocking the futures of children from around the world.


West End star unveils green plaque to honour the Windrush generation

Peter Straker, the actor and singer who counted rock star Freddie Mercury among his friends, remembers arriving in England in 1955 as part of the Windrush generation. “We were invited to come here to help rebuild the country,” he said.


Spotlight on fashion

Almost one year after launching an Instagram page to post photographs of her lockdown hobby, Abigail Oyabambi from New Cross has created a successful business. The 23-year-old designer crochets beautiful handmade clothing under the name Bambicita – a merge of her Nigerian surname Oyabambi (Bambi) and her Spanish influences.


Children’s hospital staff raise almost £16,000 by swimming the English Channel

Six healthcare workers from a South London’s children’s hospital are in the swim of things when it comes to fundraising. The intensive care professionals from Evelina London’s South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) have swum the English Channel in aid of the hospital and the Children’s Air Ambulance.

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