St John's Playground, Hoxton
This is a densely populated area of London with over 15,700 residents living within a 7 minute walk from the playground. Many are families with young children, living in the large areas of social housing that surround the space. We know there are 1500 children under the age of 8 in this local community who currently don’t have a safe and accessible space to play, close to home. The new playground will also become a much needed meeting place for the parents of young children come together. 15% of local households are lone parent families, a figure significantly above the London average.
Jarre Olajide, local mum of three told us, 'As a mum of a 2-year old boy, it would be amazing to be able to bring him to the playground after dropping his sisters at school. There is nowhere in Hoxton to get a cup of tea and sit outside while children play safely. I can't wait for our playground to be done'
The X Marks the Spot funding will help create an exciting natural playground in the heart of this community in Hoxton, much needed treasured space for the local community. The plans for the playground include a safe and stimulating natural play area, seating and the community would like to invite a temporary tea shop into the space in the warmer months. It will be open to the whole community from dawn till dusk for 355 days a year, and also welcome people from the wider area and visitors to Hoxton.
The site is located next to St John's Church, the driving force behind the campaign locally. ‘Hoxton is one of the most vibrant, diverse and friendly neighbourhoods in London, and yet it remains one of the most deprived. Many children live in over-crowded accommodation with little access to green space and play areas. There is nowhere locally for parents to take their children and be able to relax with a cup of tea or coffee while their children play in a safe environment. We believe that the redeveloped playground will make an enormous difference to the quality of life of many of the local families. We can't wait to see it completed.’
Revd Graham Hunter of St Johns
This project has a huge amount of support locally, from schools, nurseries, the Family Centre and of course St Johns of Hoxton. On behalf of the whole community we'd like to thank you for all your donations and fundraising efforts. With your help we will turn the playground into a truly treasured space.
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Match funding was available on donations until 23:59 on 30 September 2014. We are still very grateful for any donations received after 30 September 2014, but unfortunately they will not be eligible for match funding.