Organisers of a Hammersmith street festival are celebrating after raising more than £10,300 for a local charity that supports cancer patients.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the second St James Street Festival on Sunday (11 September) and enjoyed a wealth of family fun, with stalls, music and entertainment.
Proceeds from the event are still being counted but have already more than tripled what was raised at last year’s event (£3,500), with funds helping Maggie’s West London Cancer Care Centre, whose centre is at Charing Cross Hospital and offices are on St James Street.
“The festival was a huge success and we were all thrilled with the constant stream of visitors who came to support us and have a fun afternoon in the sunshine,” said Sally George, one of the delighted festival organisers.
“It was a true community effort. Neighbours from the surrounding Victorian terraces, Chancellor’s Wharf and the Queen Caroline estate, organised the event with great enthusiasm and a lot of hard work.
“We’re already talking about next year’s festival, with more and more friends and neighbours wanting to get involved.”
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 residents in neighbouring estates.
The festival also receives valuable support in the form of sponsorship from businesses both local and beyond. Among this year’s contributors were the Queen's Wharf development, Closer Still Media, Horton and Garton estate agents and various retail outlets.
Among the variety of stalls were food and drinks including barbecued food, cakes and other home-baked goods. Entertainment included live music, fortune telling, raffle, tombola, clothing and accessories, face painting, balloon modelling, henna tattoos, antiques, books and more.
Last year alone, Maggie’s received 21,000 visitors from H&F and further afield.