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Toynbee Hall receives £37,500 donation from Proms at St Jude’s

Published: 12 Nov 2013


On Sunday 3rd November, Toynbee Hall was awarded a £37,500 by Proms at Saint Jude’s, a community festival in North London. Over 50 Proms volunteers gathered to see their hard work being rewarded. Judith Cohen, co-ordinator of LitFest, handed the £37,500 cheque to Toynbee Hall chief executive, Graham Fisher.

The festival, which is held in June, includes musical and cultural events. This year’s performances included daily concerts showcasing national and international artists, free lunchtime music recitals as well as the LitFest weekend, with authors’ talks, heritage walks and refreshments including home-made cakes. Proms at Saint Jude’s takes place in Hampstead Garden Suburb, which was founded by Henrietta Barnett in 1906.

Samuel and Henrietta Barnett

Find out more about our founders Samuel and Henrietta Barnett.

The organisers managed to collect an impressive £50,000 in surplus funds this year.Three quarters of which were donated to us, whilst the rest was handed to the North London Hospice.The donation will be used to support the Aspire programme, which helps young people become active members of the community by engaging them in a volunteer-led programme of informal education and active learning. Watch the video of Shihab and Shorif's speech describing their experience of the project.

Niamh O’Donnell-Keenan, Proms chairman, said:

“It is our sponsors, advertisers, ticket-buyers and volunteers who together make it possible for us to give this donation.”

We would like to thank the Proms at St Jude's, their committee, sponsors, friends and volunteers who have supported our work for the last 10 years.  

The next festival will take place from 21-29 June 2014, so make sure you save the date and keep an eye on the Proms' website .