Brixton Pound Café has had a major boost to its crowdfunding effort. London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged £4,000 to the campaign, after a pitch by the Pound team at County Hall last week. The Café was shortlisted along with 24 other crowdfunding community projects.
Tom Shakhli said: “We had to make a 2-minute pitch outlining our project and explaining the purpose and benefits. Following the pitch, we had to press a big red button and the amount that we would be awarded by the Mayor as a contribution to our crowdfund was flashed on a big screen! £4,000 takes us to 60 per cent of our total with about 40 days to go, so we’re doing well but need more support to make it all happen!
“A successful crowdfund means being able to invest in equipment and facilities that allows us to match the level offered elsewhere by more established outfits. It also means supporting our social objective to make the place more inclusive, giving us the resource to do things like offer free meeting and kitchen space, and setting up things like kids breakfast clubs and elderly tea/coffee mornings etc.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Crowdfund London represents a pioneering way for Londoners to drive regeneration of their local area from the grass roots up. It is inspiring a new generation of civic leaders and helping them unlock creative and innovative ideas for their communities.
“I’m pledging support to an extraordinary range of local groups for projects that will help strengthen their local places and make London an even greater city. I’m calling on Londoners to join me and help make these projects a success.”