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Skateboard event in Dalston's Gillett Square raises £1,750 for Palestinian charity SkatePal

PUBLISHED: 16:59 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 21 August 2018

Skaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael Sherlock

Skaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael Sherlock

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Gillett Square in Dalston hosted an annual skateboarding festival at the weekend, raising £1,750 for a charity that aims to bring boarding to Palestine's youth.

Skaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael SherlockSkaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael Sherlock

Teaming up once again with the square’s long-standing institution Kaffa Coffee, the charity brought down a whole host of activities and people to the space for an event that simultaneously raised awareness for the cause while bringing together disparate elements of the local population.

With skateboarding lessons for young children early in the day, a free-for-all skate on the obstacles provided by The Ramp Supply, a game of Skate, vegan Palestinian food from What The Fatoush, a fund-raising raffle and DJs spinning vinyl all afternoon, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Spectators of all stripes lined the sides of the square, enjoying the atmosphere, for once not getting angry if a stray board happened to catch them accidentally on the shin.

“This year’s jam was a big success, raising £1750 towards our ongoing work with young people in Palestine,” charity director Theo Krish said. “Each year the event has grown and it’s great to see new and old faces coming down to support what we do - we’re extremely grateful for the contributions of our volunteers within the local community, who continually give their time and money to help us continue our work in Palestine.”

Skaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael SherlockSkaters in Gillett Square on Sunday. Picture: Rachael Sherlock

SkatePal will move into the Old Fire Station in Stoke Newington next month.

To find out more about its work and to donate, click here.

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