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Shelter’s charity runners dash to success

Last Thursday more than 1200 people ran Vertical Rush. Vertical Rush is a unusual charity run: instead of jogging on the green, the participants run the 932 steps that lead to the panoramic view of of Tower 42m, the third highest skyscraper of the City in Old Broad street. People from 17 to 70 came

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Why not to combine jogging with community projects?

Exercise is, in principle, a selfish act; from the gym posers curling weights to the yoga-bunnies with aspirations of looking like a Kardashian, it boils down to people taking the time to make themselves healthier and change the way they look. GoodGym offers an alternative. This group of volunteers spend their Monday nights running to

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Eco-charity seek cash to launch classroom on wheels

An eco charity has unveiled plans to transform a milk float into a mobile classroom in a bid to bring nature to residents’ doorsteps. The Octopus charity, a community-led organisation, first had the idea for the “milk-float turned potting shed and classroom” last year. They have affectionately dubbed the design the ‘Islington Gro-Mobile’. The charity

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NGO’s toy drive will distribute thousands of gifts to needy children

London’s most deprived children will receive up to fifteen thousand Christmas gifts on 10 December from a London-based NGO. The drive is organised by The Kindness Offensive, a Tufnell Park community project which aims to encourage acts of kindness. It has been described as the UK’s largest toy drive by Joanna Bevan, community organiser at The

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Islington turns on Angel’s twinkling Christmas lights

Islington ‘royalty’ Phyllis and Bobby Broadbent switched on Christmas lights at Angel Central Shopping Centre on Saturday to the glee of local residents. “I’m very happy to be turning on Angel’s Christmas lights this year, as the borough of Islington is very important to me,” said borough Pearly Queen Phyllis Broadbent. For the first time, managers

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HIV activist makes it to the Rainbow List

The HIV activist and board member of an LGBT housing charity in Canonbury has been nominated on The Independent’s Rainbow List – a compilation of the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain. Bisi Alimi was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 but was unable to access treatment in Nigeria. When he

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Big Issue sets up offices in Islington

The national charity closed its Vauxhall doors after 15 years to open headquarters in Finsbury Park on Monday 26 October. “When we moved to Vauxhall it was a lot cheaper than it is nowadays,” said the foundation’s CEO Stephen Robertson. “It was unaffordable for us to stay, as much as we would have liked to.” The search

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Islington group The Kindness Offensive revamps ecobus

The Kindness Offensive is an organisation which aims to encourage random acts of kindness. Its bus is used during annual Christmas toy drives, delivering presents to 15,000 children in hospitals across the capital. Elderly people are taken on day trips on the bus, which also visits schools and hosts street parties and fetês in Islington.

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Transgender politician becomes Islington’s Mental Health Champion

A transgender UK politician, Islington Labour Councillor Osh Gantly, became the borough’s first dedicated Mental Health Champion at a full Islington Council meeting on Thursday 15 October. Cllr Gantly plans to investigate why Islington has the worst mental health record in Britain, with the country’s highest diagnosed prevalence of serious mental illness and the capital’s highest number

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