Residents call on donations to build Hoxton playground for 1500 children

Hoxton residents are appealing for donations to unlock a £10,000 charity pledge for a new play area next to St John’s Church, in Pitfield Street.

Regeneration charity, Groundwork, committed to the sum by agreeing to match the first £5000 donated by the community with double the amount.

So far the parish has raised £3000 and is calling on local businesses and residents to contribute the remaining £2000.

The playground, will be open 365 days a year and will cater for the estimated 1500 children under-eight that live in the area.

Reverend Graham Hunter, leading the campaign, said: “Hoxton is one of the most vibrant, diverse and friendly neighbourhoods in London, and yet it remains one of the most deprived.

“Many children live in over-crowded accommodation with little access to green space and play areas. There is nowhere locally for parents to take their children and be able to relax with a cup of tea or coffee while their children play in safe environment.

“We believe that the redeveloped playground will make an enormous difference to the quality of life many of the local families. We can’t wait to see it completed.”