We’ve written before about the fantastic work of The Magpie Project, particularly the great contribution they made in the early lockdown to support mothers with children under the age of five living in temporary or insecure accommodation.
As it’s just a 20-minute train ride from our offices, we at Black Swan have adopted this great cause as our local charity and try to visit and help out as much as we can.
As you can imagine the past year has been extremely difficult for a charity that helps some of the most vulnerable people in society. On 24 July this year, the charity hosted a special “thank you” party aimed at all the helpers and community volunteers that have helped them over the past 12 months.
In advance of the event, the Black Swan team headed down to the site of the party as volunteers to undertake all the preparation work for this special celebration. The list of jobs for our intrepid team included:
- Outdoor litter pick (the team enjoyed their role as Wombles for the day!)
- A plant potting session (more than 100 planted) to give away as gifts
- Preparing the tombola
- Printing of the displays
- Preparing the lucky dip sweets
- Setting up the T-shirt stall
- Testing of the audio and video equipment, and to make sure the projector (which we bought for the project last year) worked on the day
- Printing and laminating signs.
Here are some photos of the day!
Steve and Paul on litter duty in the outside children’s play area
Andy and Ross working on the raffle tickets for the tombola
Jane and Hannah, who run the Magpie Project
As ever, while we were beavering away, the Magpie team fed us copious amounts of food, from cake to pizza, and a good time was had by all.
The day itself was a roaring success. Thankfully, the rain stayed away, and the Magpie team were able to welcome many guests and thank dozens of volunteers and helpers.
Here’s the Forest Gate WI and Wanstead WI’s fabulous cake stall.
And here’s the circus!
The local MP Stephen Timms even popped along to draw the raffle!
Here he is with Mariam, who arrived in the UK from Chad in 2018 with her three young children. Having received support from The Magpie Project, Mariam has a scholarship and is studying for a master’s degree in biomedical science.
Head to The Magpie Project to find out more about their fantastic work.
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