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Fundraising to fight Thames Water’s supersewer proposal

Fundraising to fight Thames Water’s supersewer proposal

On Friday 11th March James Wallace Wines hosted a Wapping fundraiser.

Still fighting to save King Edward Memorial Park (‘KEMP’) from becoming a Thames Tunnel Supersewer construction site, KEMP are in urgent need of campaign funds.

A fun and successful event attended by local MP Jim Fitzpatrick and his wife Sheila who give their full support to the KEMP campaign.

Wapping locals and workers were joined by neighbours from Shadwell and Limehouse and made the most of the opportunity to meet each other and finalise plans for the protest march to City Hall this Wednesday.

Wapping Fundraiser attended by MP Jim Fitzpatrick

Amongst the crowd was owner of Limehouse’s Urban Bar, Mark Slankard and his wife Lorraine, local campaigner Geoff Juden and JC from New Crane’s Gawor solicitors.

The Wapping raffle

Host for the evening, John Wallace of James Wallace Wines drew the raffle and announced lucky winners.

For unclaimed prizes, please visit James Wallace Wines with your winning raffle tickets.

Jim Fitzpatrick1st prize (UNCLAIMED)

A tour of the House of Commons and tea for two with MP Jim Fitzpatrick won by Colin West (tickets 431-435)

Runner up prizes

Additional prizes for the lucky winners were:

An autographed copy of “Best of Matt” by Matthew Pritchett, cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph

Matt Telegraph Cartoon

Bottles of wine donated by John Wallace of James Wallace Wines (Tuffs –  tickets 31-35)

Bottle donated by Mark Slankard of Urban Bar, Limehouse

Glenfiddich minatures (Gerry – tickets 346-350) (UNCLAIMED)

£25 voucher donated by Waitrose St. Katharine Dock  which can be used in any Waitrose or John Lewis or on line

£15 voucher donated by The Laundry Box, New Crane Wharf for laundry or dry cleaning

Exclusive hand made soap dish and bottle of Champagne donated by Free Trade Wharf

More KEMP fundraising photos

Photos by Wapping photographer Mark Baynes www.Baynes.co.uk

Trouble viewing? See the Wapping photos on Flickr

Update and a Wapping message from KEMP

Wapping’s Emma Puosi updated us last week and asks you to join the protest march to City Hall at 9am on 16th March where the petition to save King Edward Memorial Park will be handed to Boris Johnson.

Help spread the word and share details of the protest amongst the community [...view/print flyer].

Our Public Meeting at Glamis Hall was a great success! Over 200 people took part, eager to save our beloved King Edward VI Memorial Park. Even our GLA elected representative for City and East London John Biggs took part and updated our supporter on his talks to Thames water and future strategies. It was very good to see Cllr Denise Jones and Cllr Stephanie Eaton who came to represent Tower Hamlets and to remind everyone of the commitment made by the Council last month [...East London Advertiser].

John Biggs speaking to Margaret Clark about saveKEMP

But the meeting was not the only event that kept SaveKEMP busy this week. Friday 4th March we were invited by the East London Mosque to take signatures after Friday Prayers. It was a very successful event and we gathered a lot of support. Even after months of campaigning it is still astonishing how many people are not aware of Thames Water proposed plans for King Edward VII Memorial Park. Many thanks the East London Mosque and also to the two activists that made this event possible: Mahbub Mamum Alam and Raihan Islam.

Support is growing fast and we are now launching the hardest part of our campaign: we need Mayor Boris Johnson to listen to us and to look at the plans again and properly this time. Mr Johnson needs to understand that our campaign has solid engineering arguments behind. If that was not the case we would not have the full support of high profile politicians such as our MP Jim Fitzpatrick, our GLA elected member John Biggs and GLA member Andrew Boff.

Protest March to City Hall Wednesday 16th March

Please spread the word about the campaign and come along to our Protest March at the next London Assembly meeting on Wednesday 16th March [...view/print flyer]. We will meet at 9am at Tower Gateway DLR station and walk from there to City Hall. Mr Biggs will be meetings us there before he goes in to address the Assembly on our behalf. We need as many people as possible, it is very important.

We realise it is a weekday but if we can all do a little sacrifice we can accomplish great things.

Fundraising to save King Edward Memorial Park

Funds are needed to help with campaign costs which are currently being covered by volunteers. These include posters, flyers, banners and running community events in King Edward Memorial Park.

In the (unlikely) event there is surplus cash at the end of the campaign it will be donated to charity.

About the KEMP campaign

SaveKEMP are campaigning to keep King Edward Memorial Park green and want Thames Water to use alternative brownfield construction sites.

For more information see previous Thames Tunnel Supersewer articles and visit the SaveKEMP website.

Other SaveKEMP events

See SaveKEMP events for full details of all campaign events.

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