Best of South London


Tooting dad cycling 700km to raise £65,000 for care of tots at St George’s Hospital

A dad, whose seven-month-old son Leo sadly died this year, has raised a whopping £65000 for the neonatal unit at St George’s hospital. James Kennedy, from Tooting, and his team of Lions, will be setting off on an epic charity cycle ride on Monday (18 October), in memory of little Leo Kennedy.


The Horniman Museum wins two London in Bloom awards

The Horniman  museum’s back garden has won two London in Bloom awards. First it scooped a gold in the Heritage Parks and Gardens category, then followed it up with another in the new Environment Challenge Award. The gongs recognise efforts being made to respond to the challenges of climate change and global warming.


Creative projects represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn

A community group has announced the five creative projects that will represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn. The projects funded by the Black Culture Collective (BCC) include a film, an art club for kids and an exhibition that will be held at Woolwich Works.


Wandsworth couple cycle 6,000 miles to Tokyo to raise cash for charity

Two newlyweds are cycling 6,000 miles from Tooting to Tokyo to raise money for urgent medical treatment in poor countries. Matt and Coco Morley have swapped their flat in Tooting Broadway for 12 months in a tent after taking on a year-long global challenge cycling across two continents.


Mental health arts charity wins grant of £200,000

A charity which provides a place for people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) to express themselves has won a big grant. South East London Arts Network in Lewisham is just one of the many local groups that has stepped up to tackle mental health challenges in their community during the pandemic.


London Marathon raises £1bn for charity by pounding streets of London

Sunday’s London Marathon welcomed just over 36,000 mass-event runners to the traditional street course – and another 40,000 runners took part remotely, logging their distance via a tracking app.


Greenwich man walked London Marathon in aid of Myeloma UK

Charles Montlake raised £16,448 for Myeloma UK by walking to from his home in Greenwich to the O2 arena. The 59-year-old, who suffers from myeloma and the related condition AL amyloidosis, completed the 26.2 miles in four stretches and just over 10 hours.


Council leader takes on two marathons for performing arts charity appeal

A council leader will take on two marathons for a performing arts charity appeal. Cllr Danny Thorpe, the leader of Greenwich Council, will be swapping the town hall for the starting line as he takes on the London Marathon this weekend.


Chip shop owner is in need of stem cell donor to save his life

The gregarious owner of a long-standing South Wimbledon fish and chip shop is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant as he has blood cancer. Zach Zacharia, who runs Adams  Fish & Chips in Kingston Road, is urging people with a Greek or Cypriot heritage to join stem cell registers so others like him can get one in the future – as there is a shortage.


‘Ray of sunshine’ Lewisham hospital worker wins award for dedication and volunteer work

A Lewisham hospital worker has won an award for her dedication and volunteer work. Philomena McElroy, who has worked at University Hospital Lewisham for 35 years, was awarded September’s Employee of the Month.


New wellness clinic launched for Black and Asian residents to detect long-term health conditions

A new wellness clinic has been launched for Black and Asian residents to help detect long-term health conditions. The new service, launched by Guy’s and St Thomas’ and in partnership with local faith and community groups, is for residents in Lambeth and Southwark.


Women’s football club raises over £1,700 for Afghan refugees

A women’s football club has raised over £1,700 for Afghan refugees.  South East Parakeets FC, took part in five hour five-aside match to raise money for refugees and displaced families. Club co-founder Amy Doyle, from Lewisham, came up with the idea and organised the match that took place at St Dunstan’s five-aside pitch in Catford on Sunday, September 26.

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