Three East London charities partner to launch Coronavirus relief emergency appeal


Newham charities Bonny Downs Community Association, The Magpie Project and The Renewal Programme have announced a new partnership to help vulnerable neighbours in need during the Coronavirus crisis.

The three charities have set up three donation hubs in Forest Gate, East Ham and Manor Park where local residents can donate urgently needed items. The charities will use these to make up relief packs and distribute them to vulnerable neighbours, including older people and young families.

The charities are asking that people able to go shopping purchase non-perishable foods including tinned foods (such as meat, tuna, soup, rice pudding and fruit and vegetables), jars of pasta sauce and jam, dried foods (including pasta, biscuits and coffee), large-size nappies, sanitary towels, soap, bleach, Milton tablets, washing-up liquid, washing powder and toothpaste.

Residents are invited to drop their donations of essentials to either:

  • The FOREST GATE Hub at Forest Lane Lodge, E7 9DE on Mondays and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm
  • The EAST HAM Hub at The Well Community Centre, 49 Vicarage Lane, E6 6DQ on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm; or
  • The MANOR PARK Hub at The Renewal Programme, 395 High Street North E12 6PG on Tuesdays 10am to 2pm and Fridays 10am to 2pm.

The charities are also appealing for financial donations to the emergency appeal for people unable to visit the hubs or wishing to help in another way. Donations can be made quickly and securely online at and will be split between the three charities.