For many selfless people living in the Magdalen Estate and surrounding areas, helping others, giving back to the community and aiding those perhaps less fortunate in their circumstances as themselves, is nothing more than what they feel is right.
One such woman, Putney resident Hazel Econs, started an internet campaign to help a young artist living on the streets get his life back on track, into accommodation, and onto an art college course to help his fulfil his creative potential.
Ms Econs first met 24-year old Jack Barham when she was taking her dog to the vet, and was shocked at how young Mr Barham was- the same age as her own son. Since this first meeting, Hazel and her close friends, family and other members of the community have clubbed together to put Jack into a hostel in Kings Cross, and have raised funds to credit a mobile phone and top up his oyster card so he can make contact with people and travel to appointments. At the time of writing, searches were being made to find Mr Barham a permanent residence, and to help him with organising art college selection interviews and a work portfolio.
If you know of others doing great community work in the Magdalen Estate area and in other parts of the Wandsworth borough, please do get in touch and let us know, and we’d be delighted to feature them in our blog.Google+