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Peggy Drummond: Fund set up to carry on charity efforts of popular dinner lady

Charitable foundation set up in memory of "giving" Peggy Drummond

06 December, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Ian and Lisa Drummond with Kentish Town headteacher James Humphries

SHE once heard her elderly neighbour didn’t have enough money for heating during the winter and so knocked on doors collecting funds.

Now, in memory of a former dinner lady who went out of her way to help others, the Peggy Drummond Foundation has been set up as a way to carry on her legacy and a plaque is to be erected on the school building.

Ms Drummond, who worked for 30 years at Kentish Town primary school as a dinner lady, cleaner and classroom assistant, died last year aged 79.

Among her endeavours, she once raised £30,000 for the Royal Free Hospital – enough to buy two dialysis machines.

Peggy even persuaded her children, Ian and Lisa, to run the London Marathon to raise money for charities and went into shops in Kentish Town Road with sponsor forms to help with their donations.

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Peggy Drummond

Ian Drummond said: “The Foundation is the perfect way of keeping her memory alive.

“She supported so many causes. Doing charity work gave her purpose. We think she got it from her grandmother, May Elizabeth. She was a real giver, and although she had no money and had eight kids, she went about supporting people.”

On Tuesday, the Foundation made its first donation of £1,000 for the school to buy playground equipment.

Headteacher James Humphries said: “Peggy had a life-long connection to our school and it seems fitting that we should spend some of the generous donation, from the foundation established in her name, to establish a commemorative plaque in her name.

“I hope her children, Lisa and Ian, will enjoy the fact that people will ask about Peggy for years to come.”

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