How local giving is changing lives in Islington
500 years ago, a man called John Sworder donated £40 to his church for the poor.
His pledge is now worth millions and his story continues to inspire others to give and to help change lives in a very practical way.
Islington Giving delivers more than £1 million worth of grants each year to grassroots organisations which help those experiencing poverty, families and young people and those who feel isolated. Since 2010, they’ve helped over 20,000 people.
(Pic credit: Islington Giving, Chance UK, and Monica Alcazar-Duarte)
Funding comes from large and small businesses across the borough as well as donations from residents. A sizeable chunk, including all running costs, is provided by Cripplegate Foundation – a charity that stemmed from Mr Sworder’s original donation in 1500.