The Perrymead Street party in full swing.
SHOULD David Cameron be looking for an example of the big society in action, he could call in on one road in Fulham.
After the Diamond Jubilee weekend and a wildly successful street party, the residents of Perrymead Street packed up the bunting and found they were left with a considerable surplus of £1,400.
They decided to put the money back into the community, and last Friday evening handed a cheque for £1,000 to the St Michael’s Centre, a church youth project in nearby Townmead Road.
The rest of the cash was given to The Royal Marsden cancer centre in Fulham Road.
One of the Perrymead party organisers, 76-year-old Jenny Stack, said: “It was a terrific party and I think everyone had a great time.
“Afterwards we found that we had a lot more money than we needed.
“When it came to deciding what to do with the money, I was extremely keen that it should go locally so I called my local councillors and spoke to some vicars who suggested St Michael’s Centre, a youth club, which until 18 months ago was run by the council.
“I thought they could use the money to pay for some activities or trips.
“When we handed the money over, I think they were a bit overwhelmed, I don't think they were expecting £1,000 but it was an easy decision to make.
“We’re also friends of the Royal Marsden, so we were very keen that some of the money went there.”
Having joined forces with their neighbours in Ryecroft and Bowerdean streets, organisers had no idea how many people would turn up to the party.
But over the course of Monday, June 4, hundreds of people flocked to Perrymead Street to enjoy the festivities, drink Pimm’s and listen to a live jazz band.
Mrs Stack continued: “When organising something like this you don’t really know how many people would come but lots turned up, certainly several hundred.
“It was marvellous. We charged £10 per head, but nothing for children or anyone in full-time education.
“We were also given £500 by Savills estate agents which was wonderful.
“Now people keep on asking us when the next one will be.”
The cheque was handed over at a ceremony attended by Chelsea and Fulham Greg Hands MP and the deputy mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Councillor Frances Stainton.