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The Kindness Offensive charity close Holloway hub

The Kindness Offensive had called former pub building in Camden Road their home for the past five years

23 February, 2018 — By Emily Finch

The former home of The Kindness Offensive in Camden Road

THERE will be fewer random acts of kindness in the borough follow­ing the closure of a charity whose members were known for travel­ling in a multi-coloured double decker bus and imparting joy to residents.

The Kindness Offensive had called 273 Camden Road their home for the past five years but closed down their Holloway hub last month and relocated to Harrow – without their familiar bus in tow.

The charity, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in August, was based in the former pub while the owners sought planning permission to build new homes on the site.

“We were welcomed like a family into the area,” said David Goodfellow, 38, a Kentish Town resident who helped found the charity.

Acts of kindness have included hosting classes for disabled people at nearby charity Centre 404, holding huge parties for neighbours and donating thousands of pounds’ worth of goods to foodbanks.

A Kindness Offensive event

Mr Goodfellow said: “It was heartwarming that during the period we were wrapping up there was a long line of people ringing the door bell and wanting to say thank you for what we did.

“We are a bit like a nomadic tribe and tend to go to different locations.”

The group – which has around 7,000 members – are looking for another space in Islington and Mr Goodfellow said he was saddened to have to put the double decker bus into storage with no space at their current premises.

He appealed to Tribune readers to contact him if they know of a suitable space where they could move to within Islington.

“We rely on good-hearted people and we make good stuff happen,” he added.

The empty pub is currently being demolished to make way for 21 new homes with 10 at “affordable” prices in a six-storey building.

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