Hoxton charity Ivy Street Family Centre celebrates 30 years

Over 120 mums, dads, children and old friends crowded into the street outside the Ivy Street Family Centre to celebrate and remember 30 years of the Hoxton charity.

Founders Alison Harper and Cathie Smith were presented with bouquets in honour of their vision back in 1981 to see an old pub building become a welcoming and homely place for local families to meet.

Alison Harper said: “I never imagined 30 years ago that this day would come. It is wonderful to see so many familiar faces at the party and be reminded of all the very happy memories I have of my years at Ivy St.”

Children’s double act JP and Steve brought high energy with Tea Party based games at the event on Sunday May 15, including tea trolley racing, Big Up My Scone and a donut eating competition.

The tea flowed all afternoon, homemade cakes filled the tables, and limited edition Ivy Street Family Centre mugs were on sale, raising money for a new building for the centre.


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MP Meg Hillier and ex-member of boyband Hearsay Danny Foster were amongst well wishers attending.

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