Broadwater Farm charity gospel concert raises money for sickle cell

Courtesy: haringeyindependent.co.uk

BLACK History Month celebrations will hit the right note for charity with the annual Broadwater Farm Family Gospel Festival this Saturday.

Organised by unstoppable community campaigner May Richards MBE, the festival is marking its ten-year anniversary in its campaign to raise money for children diagnosed with sickle cell and thalassaemia.

The 79-year-old has dedicated her life to fundraising to improve the quality of lives of children with the genetic disorders and is on a shortlist for the 2010 Housing Heroes Awards from Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Solo artists, choirs and dancers will unite for an evening of spirited and uplifting gospel music — themed Peace, Unity and Love — at the Broadwater Farm Community Centre, in Adam Road, in front of special guests including the high commissioner for Jamaica, the deputy high commissioner for Ghana and Haringey mayor Eddie Griffith.

It is being backed by Homes for Haringey, who manages the borough’s housing stock, Haringey Council and the Broadwater Farm Ecumenical Group.

Paul Dennehy, head of tenancy management (south) for Homes for Haringey, said: “May has a strong love for children and an even stronger desire to help people, young and old.

“She has raised thousands of pounds for the Haringey Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Project over the years. Visitors travel from far afield to enjoy this festival of uplifting entertainment and performances.”

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