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Mini Mermaid charity run is an exercise in fun

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12 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Islington’s deputy mayor, Cllr David Poyser, left, out fundraising with Mini Mermaid Running Club UK

Stepping away from the ceremonial chamber last Saturday, the deputy mayor of Islington, Cllr David Poyser, took part in a charity running event in Highbury Fields raising money for Mini Mermaid Running Club UK. Around £800 was raised for the charity which aims to teach children to love themselves through exercise and group work. Set up in 2015, the charity organises running groups for both boys and girls and aims for participants to complete a 5k run. Mini Mermaid Running Club UK hopes to expand and set up more running clubs in the borough to help raise self-esteem and banish obesity. The event on Saturday saw dozens of runners participate in sponsored runs from “dawn to dusk” for the charity. “Keeping active is really important for young people, and the Mini Mermaid Running Clubs combines this with helping young people to learn new skills,” said Cllr Poyser. “I was delighted to support them by doing a few laps of Highbury Fields.” Khara Mills from the charity said: “We clocked up over 120 miles on the day, with nine main runners, which was hard but a lot of fun. It was certainly a challenge and great to have some of the girls from Mini Mermaid Running Club UK join us and be reminded how great being physically active can make you feel in your mind and for your body! The money raised during the event will go towards growing our programmes in Islington and Hackney, in schools and the community.”

Make sweet work of Apple Day

Young visitors enjoying the fruits of their labours at last year’s event

A PRESSING device will take centre-stage at Gillespie Park’s Apple Day on Sunday where residents can have their apples turned into juice for them – or they can manually turn the handle themselves. The annual celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of autumn is always a big hit with children and the Friends of Gillespie Park kindly provide entertainment in the form of live acoustic music and activities including apple bobbing. Stalls will also be laden with apple-related goods and those who have had enough of apple juice can enjoy cups of tea and coffee instead. “The whole community and local community come together and it brings people to the park,” said Pat Tuson from Friends of Gillespie Park. “They want to see what’s going on. We like people coming together more than anything than else. It will also be a celebration of English apples.” Visitors who wish to juice their own apples are asked to bring their own containers but there will be plenty of apples at the centre for people who don’t have apple trees in their garden. The event runs for 12-4pm on October 15.

Jumble sale with architectural twist

St Paul’s Steiner School

TOMORROW (October 14) is the perfect day for anyone with a fondness for jumble sales and fine English churches. St Paul’s Steiner School on the corner of St Paul’s Road and Essex Road is hosting a jumble sale and visitors will have the opportunity to see the interior of one of only three churches in the borough designed by 19th-century architect Charles Barry, best known for his role in rebuilding the Houses of Parliament. The church was converted into a school in 1994. “Following fire damage around 30 years ago it looked under threat but against the odds with support, care and attention it has survived into full and practical use,” said Andy Gardner from the Islington Archaeology and History Society. “15 years ago I had a Dickens adaptation performed there – a perfect for the setting of Great Expectations. The restored bell now chimes on the hour after a long silence, and the children make full use of the park next door.” The jumble sale will run from 10am to 1pm on October 14.


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