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THANK YOU! Acts of virus crisis kindness

Big-hearted Islington individuals, organisations and businesses who are making life in lockdown a little easier for others

08 May, 2020

Kate Gartside making masks at home in Clerkenwell

GOOD news, we know you need some right now. In these bleak times, our reporters have found inspiration in the people we’ve spoken to who are doing something for others. When the pandemic passes, remember them. They are individuals, organisations and businesses who are just trying to make life in lockdown a little easier. Every week we are printing just some of the stories which show why Islington’s community spirit is shining through in a crisis.

A CLERKENWELL scriptwriter has been taking to the sewing machine to stitch together free masks for vulner­able people in Islington. Kate Gartside has called on readers of the Tribune to get in contact if they know anyone who might need one. Ms Gartside said: “If masks are going to become a mandatory requirement then it will be another layer of discrimination against the vulnerable if they are unable to access them. I feel we must help them in any way we can.” You can contact her, by emailing us at

Meals delivered to the Muslim Welfare House by the charity’s neighbours at Finsbury Park Mosque

FINSBURY Park Mosque shared more than 1,000 mini-packs of dates as a donation to its charity neighbour, the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road. The donation was to help the charity serve daily meals. Khalid Oumar said: “By sharing and supporting each other we hope to elevate and ease the suffering of those most vulnerable in our community.”

A delivery from Ambulance Wish

THE Ambulance Wish Foundation usually uses its vehicle to transport the terminally ill so they can fulfil a memorable “final wish”, but now it has been converted into a food donation transporter. The Finsbury Park Mosque has received scores of meals from the ambulance van as worshippers travel to the mosque to be given food so they can break their fast during Ramadan.

Carole Phillips sews scrubs for the NHS

A COTTAGE industry of neighbours sewing scrubs for NHS staff has sprung up in a Tufnell Park home, pictured top. Carole Phillips, 72, left a box outside her house in Wyndham Crescent asking for passers-by to drop in spare pillowcases so she could sew together scrubs and bags for NHS staff. She told the Tribune: “It’s been quite bonkers. My house is subsumed with piles of duvet covers now. Everyone is keen to help out.” Ms Phillips and her helpers have created about 450 scrubs and scrub bags. The Eye Treatment Centre Trust has received several donations from Ms Phillips but they are still fundraising for more protective equipment:

Rishon John

A TEENAGE boxer is going to run 10k around the Emirates Stadium to raise money for the Islington Boxing Club. Rishon John, 13, a junior boxer at IBC, has said he would be “devastated” if the club in Hazellville Road club, Upper Holloway, was to close due to financial difficulty during the coronavirus pandemic. Rishon will take on the challenge on his birthday – May 17.

Absolute Print are making visors

ABSOLUTE Print in Junction Road have used their 3D printer to make protective visors. The kit has been donated to Hilldrop Community Centre, which is helping people access food during the lockdown. The centre tweeted: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to @AbsolutPrintN19 for providing our team with these fantastic protective visors! Our Food Hub is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12-3pm for people in urgent need of food and essential items. No referral needed.”

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