Glow in the Angel

Hundreds raised for charity at ‘Glow in the Angel’


Generous visitors to our ‘Glow in the Angel’ festive fun day helped raise nearly £700 for local charity Islington Giving.

Crowds thronged to Islington Green on Saturday for free seasonal entertainment, live music and craft sessions. This year the event supported Islington Giving, which invited revellers to fill in special ‘postcards of joy’ with messages of love and hope. Special postboxes collected the precious missives, which the good cause will see gets to someone in need this Christmas.

Islington Giving’s Lisa Robinson said: “A huge thank you to all of the generous supporters who donated, helping to kickstart our Winter Appeal by raising a brilliant £685 on the day. And thanks also to those who shared messages of kindness and love with neighbours in our community through our winter postcards, we can’t wait to share them.”

During the afternoon, children and families got stuck in to exclusive make-and-take craft activities creating finger puppets with Little Angel Theatre and hanging paper stars with the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration. There was also face painting, balloon modelling and gingerbread decorating. Tunes from Mrs H and the Sing-along Band, a brass band and drummers added to the uplifting atmosphere, while a ‘polar bear’ and gingerbread people greeted visitors.

Ben Stephenson, Angel Islington BID chief executive, said: “Angel Islington truly is London’s great neighbourhood, and the weekend of Christmas events from Angel Central and Islington Square to our ‘Glow in the Angel’ event on Islington Green was testament to that. We had a great time putting on free craft activities for children, musical performances, giveaways and food, all funded by Angel’s business community, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!”

++ Don’t forget to get your free Angel BID Winter Guide brochure, packed with what’s on and offers in the neighbourhood, available here and in local shops.