Three charities receive £5,000 each from the Chiswick Book Festivals

Three local charities have received £5,000 each from the Chiswick Book Festival and Cookbook Festival, following record ticket sales at the festivals last autumn.

Fundraisers from InterAct Stroke Support, Doorstep Library Network and the Felix Project were presented with cheques on Monday by the director of the Chiswick Book Festival, Torin Douglas, and two of the Cookbook Festival team, Jo Pratt and Jules Kane.

 

Below is the news release from St Michael and All Angels Church:

Charities receive £5,000 each from the Chiswick Book Festival and Cookbook Festival
January 27th 2020

Three local charities have received £5,000 each from the Chiswick Book Festival and Cookbook Festival, following record ticket sales at the festivals last autumn. Fundraisers from InterAct Stroke Support, Doorstep Library Network and the Felix Project were presented with cheques on Monday by the director of the Chiswick Book Festival, Torin Douglas, and two of the Cookbook Festival team, Jo Pratt and Jules Kane.

The presentation took place at St Michael & All Angels Church, which hosts the Festivals, and which also received a £5,000 donation. (See pictures attached)

Nirjay Mahindru, chief executive of InterAct Stroke Support, which employs actors to read to stroke patients in Charing Cross Hospital, said: “This is wonderful news. £5000 is the equivalent of half a year’s work at Charing Cross being fully paid for. We cannot thank you and the team enough.”

Annabel James, chair of Doorstep Library Network, which brings the magic of reading into the homes of families in disadvantaged areas of London, said: “This is fantastic news and an incredibly generous donation. Thank you so so much. As you know, it will make a real difference and enable us to continue our work with children and families in West London.”

Isabella White, community and challenge events fundraiser for The Felix Project, which distributes food to charities and schools that would otherwise go to waste, said: “I am honestly so chuffed by how much was raised from this event. I announced this news to the entire office and we are all so delighted! This really is a significant amount and will make such a difference to the thousands of lives we touch daily”

To mark the 140th anniversary of the consecration of St Michael & All Angels in 1880, the church is seeking more volunteers and donations for its arts, charity and community activities throughout the year, under the slogan “140 years serving Christ in the community”. For more than 50 years, it has organised the Bedford Park Festival and Green Days weekend and it will celebrate the anniversary at this year’s Festival, which runs from June 12th to June 28th 2020.