Hammersmith residents host fundraising street festival for cancer charity

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Image captionThe festival is organised by a motivated group of neighbours from St James Street

A festival in a Hammersmith street will celebrate community spirit while raising vital funds for a charity that supports cancer patients.

The second St James Street Festival takes place on Sunday 11 September and will feature a host of family entertainment, including stalls, raffle, fun activities and refreshments.

Funds from the event will go towards Maggie’s West London Cancer Care Centre, a charity supporting cancer patients and their families, whose offices are on St James Street and it has a centre at Charing Cross Hospital.

Last year alone, Maggie’s received 21,000 visitors from H&F and further afield.

“The St James Street Festival is a brilliant event and I am delighted to see it back,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

“It is fantastic that such a worthy local charity is being supported by brilliant local people in a way that brings all members of the community together.”

The inaugural event was held last year in memory of long-time resident Jane Eggleston who died from cancer. It is organised by a motivated group of neighbours from St James Street with help and support from neighbours in Chancellor’s Wharf, St George’s apartments, Distillery Wharf and the Queen Caroline Estate.

It also received valuable support in the form of sponsorship from businesses both local and beyond. Last year’s event raised £3,500 for the charity.

“It has really brought together many more neighbours, and we have all met so many people that we would never have met otherwise. And most importantly, we’re all having a lot of fun doing it together,” said Sally George, who helps organise the festival.

Among this year’s contributors are the Queen's Wharf development, Closer Still Media, Horton and Garton estate agents and retail outlets.  

Among the variety of stalls will be food and drinks including barbecued food, cakes and other home-baked fare. Entertainment includes live music, fortune telling, raffle, tombola, clothing and accessories, face painting, balloon modelling, henna tattoos, antiques, books and more.

The festival is free, so come join in the fun in St James Street, Hammersmith, from noon until 6pm.