Proceeds from street party help buy TVs for people with illnesses

A Havering woman has helped buy two TVs for people with illnesses from the proceeds of her Diamond Jubilee street party.

Barbara Austin, 59, held a party in Hillcrest Road on June 4, and raised money through raffles, tombolas and games.

The party was opened by Mayor of Havering Cllr Lynden Thorpe, attended by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, and more than 400 people helped raise �800 for good causes.

Last week Barbara presented a �400 cheque to Wavelength charity in Hornchurch. The charity provides radio or television for people who are at risk of isolation or loneliness, or unable to afford their own set.

Wavelength plans to buy a new TVs for an elderly woman who is isolated in her home due to severe health problems, and a young girl with a life-limiting illness.

Barbara said: “The TVs will make a positive difference to their lives and will help to ease their isolation and the pain of their illness.

“Wavelength was able to get two slightly larger TVs than they would usually have, so these are extra special.”

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The other half of the money raised was given to Ravensbourne School, in Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill.

The school for children with severe learning difficulties will put the money towards a floor level trampoline, which is suitable for all children.

Barbara added: “The school was thrilled to pieces and they can put the money towards something useful for the children. The event was such a success, that we are thinking of doing it again next year.”

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