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Dalston Bridge - Donating the Dalston Way

We're proud to announce the launch of Dalston Bridge, an innovative charitable fund managed by us, which aims to make change in Dalston a force for good.

Dalston is one of London’s most creative, exciting neighbourhoods and home to one of London’s hottest property markets. Now a group of local businesspeople and residents are coming together to ensure the whole community benefits from the area’s housing boom and night-time vibrancy.

These locals, who together run some of the area’s most successful businesses, bars and restaurants, have teamed up to form ‘Dalston Bridge’ - a pioneering new charitable fund focused on helping local residents share in the prosperity arising from rapid change and development.

This is donating the Dalston way: turning some of Dalston’s most popular pastimes into engines for donation. Dalston Bridge will make it easy for the people who work, live and play in Dalston to make a difference to their community, making a bigger impact than they could do alone. All donations will go into a single fund, for distribution to fantastic local charities who are working every day to address some of the area’s most deep seated problems.  This is the first initiative of its kind in the area.

How does having a drink and donating to charity at the same time sound? Too good to be true? As one of its launch initiatives, Dalston Bridge has teamed up with independent local venues in the form of Dalston’s Night Time Economy Forum to launch a new way of raising funds. The area’s most exciting destinations including Dalston Superstore, Voodoo Ray’s, The Alibi, Ruby’s, Birthday’s, The Shacklewell Arms among others are serving the delicious ‘Dalston Thing’ cocktail, with £1 of every drink going to the local charities supported by Dalston Bridge.

As well as local bars of Dalston, Currell Residential estate agents are stepping up and will be matching (or adding to) donations to Dalston Bridge from customers selling properties in their Hackney offices area.

With money raised from these initiatives, Dalston Bridge will begin by funding five local charities. They have been chosen using the advice of The London Community Foundation and the local knowledge of the Dalston Bridge advisory panel. These charities are Hackney Pirates, Bootstrap Campus, Circle Sports, Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Studio Upstairs.

Dalston Bridge founder Dee O’Connell says “I have long been fascinated by the changes in the area and wanted to create a new way to share the benefits – despite all the great opportunities locally, Dalston is still the 21st most deprived of London’s 621 wards. I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of major local businesses like Currell Residential and Dalston Superstore. There is so much opportunity for businesses to get on board, for people in the area to give and for local charities to benefit. We can’t wait to bring even more businesses on board and grow what we can achieve even further.”

The Dalston Bridge advisory group consists of seven members who are all residents or business owners in the area.  Dalston Bridge will be announcing further partnerships with local businesses during the course of 2014, so watch this space.

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Published on 13 February 2014

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