A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

After the riots in Hackney

A quick crosspost of some info from my council ward neighbours in Hackney Central Ward (http://hackneycentrallabour.blogspot.com/). Clarence Road where the worst violence happened in Hackney this week forms the boundary between the ward I represent (Chatham Ward) and Hackney Central Ward.

Siva Kandiah - helping him rebuild his business

Kandiah is one of the local businessmen who was most affected by the rioting and looting on Monday evening on Clarence Road.

His shop was broken into, looted and - to put it bluntly - trashed. He lost £10,000 in stock and has been left with virtually nothing.

Hackney Council is helping Mr Kandiah to rebuild and his determination to get back on his feet is a testament to the spirit of London in light of the riots.

To help Mr Kandiah rebuild his shop and life, colleagues and others such as HCVS have helped set up an online fund to help.

Please go to http://www.hcvs.org.uk/

Ways to donate:
Online - donate here: http://www.hcvs.org.uk/en/pages/rebuild_clarenceroadshop.aspx
By Mobile text : Text HCVS01 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070 for e.g. HCVS01 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. Texts are charged at your mobile phone operator's standard rate. The charity will receive 100% of your donation. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information, please visit www.justgiving.com/info/terms-of-service.
By Cheque: Please complete the form and make cheques payable to 'HCVS' and their postal address.
By Cash: at HCVS offices.

IMPORTANT NOTE: there are a number of Paypal and other online appeals for Mr Kandiah. Please note that this is the official fund - http://www.hcvs.org.uk/en/pages/rebuild_clarenceroadshop.aspx - please don't risk your money going astray by providing money to another source.

Tea on Clarence Road - Monday

St John's, Hackney (the church which is both closest to the Hackney troubles as well as where some of the disturbances broke out in its graveyard) is organising an afternoon tea on Clarence Road on Monday 15 August at 5pm.

The tea party is to coincide with exactly a week after the trouble broke out and is a community response to take back the street.

The event is being sponsored by Hackney Marks & Spencer, Hackney Council and other local businesses.

The event set-up is from 4:30pm in the church - please do come along!

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