Hackney food bank donation

Countryside’s Communities Fund pledges over £9,000 to support Hackney’s most vulnerable

  • £5,000 donated to Hackney Hatzola, a non-for-profit providing pre-hospital emergency medical aid and transportation

  • £3,500 donated to Clapton Commons Charity to fund community activities and a food bank

  • £1,000 donated to Hackney Foodbank

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, has donated £9,500 from its Communities Fund to three local charities across Hackney.

Hackney Hatzola has received £5,000, which will enable the local emergency medical aid and transportation provider to cover the cost of a significant proportion of its PPE supplies.  Established in 1979, the organisation is operated by a team of 47 emergency staff, 24 dispatchers and four ambulances available 24/7.

Clapton Commons Charity is a local charity set up in 2013 by a group of neighbours with the aim of improving the neighbourhood in a variety of ways – from participating in campaigns promoting plastic-free consumption to organising support groups for local mothers and volunteering for Hackney Food Bank. It has benefitted from a £3,500 donation from the Communities Fund which will be allocated towards its key activities.

Hackney Food Bank, which has seen the demand for its services dramatically increase since 2018, has received £1,000 from Countryside, which will help pay for additional food items and cover the cost of fuel for deliveries to five weekly foodbank centres across the borough.

The Countryside Communities Fund, set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is supporting local charities and groups, food banks and others providing essential local services in locations where Countryside operates across the country. Launched in April, the £1m fund has contributed to a range of organisations in need of additional funding to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Countryside has had a long-standing presence in the Borough of Hackney, with two regeneration schemes – Dash in Hoxton and Quartet opposite Clapton Common – among its projects.

Andy Fancy, Managing Director, Partnerships North & South London, Countryside, said: “Creating genuinely sustainable communities has been in our DNA for over six decades, and we can only achieve this by looking beyond bricks and mortar and focusing on people. Hence, providing extra support to those most vulnerable through our Communities Fund was natural and became a key priority in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic.”

Created as part of the award-winning Tower Court regeneration programme led by Hackney Council, Quartet will deliver 82 contemporary new homes, including one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom duplexes. Spread across four modern buildings, the development has been inspired by the latest trends in urban design, with attractive landscaping and well-designed communal outdoor areas.

Quartet is located just a 15-minute walk from three London Overground stations – Stamford Hill, South Tottenham and Stoke Newington, boasting a Zone 3 location and offering excellent connections to the City in less than 20 minutes.

The development is expected to complete in September 2021, with a show apartment opening later this year.