Inspirational residents who make a real difference have been recognised at a special event celebrating the strength of community spirit in Kingsmead.
The fourth annual Legends of Kingsmead event saw hundreds of people pack into the Concorde Centre, in Kingsmead Way, Hackney, to enjoy free food, music and entertainment from the Adanta African dance group.
Legends of Kingsmead was founded by Bod Aiyede in 2016 as a memorial service to pay tribute to his late father, Saka, and brother, Bola, as well as other residents from the Kingsmead estate who have passed away.
It was so well received that Mr Aiyede decided to make it an annual event, not only remembering loved ones but also paying tribute to residents who make a significant contribution to everyday life in Kingsmead.
This year’s celebration was again supported by Sanctuary Housing and Hackney Marsh Partnership, while Sid and Jan Patel, the former owners of Marsh Hill News, took to the stage to present the awards.
Winners included Kathleen Neita, who has raised money for various local charities by running marathons for the past 16 years, while there was a posthumous award for Tashaûn Aird, a talented 15-year-old music producer who lost his life in a knife attack earlier this year.
Mr Aiyede said: “Legends of Kingsmead is so special as it includes a memorial, awards ceremony and party all in one event. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together in good times and sad times, to celebrate our inspirational residents and remember those we have lost.
“We were delighted so many people attended and helped us celebrate the achievements of our very deserving winners.”
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, commented: “People are at the heart of our communities, and we were delighted to support this event celebrating the wonderful community spirit in Kingsmead and recognising the huge contribution made by so many local residents."
This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.
Full list of awards:
- High achievers: Kathleen Neita, Raymond Henry, Iris Walkingshaw, Valentine Hanson.
- Community spirit: Claudette Thomas, Sylvia Filetti.
- Servants of the community: Shananz Begum, Sheela Ali, Bharti Mandavia, William and Jenny Kelly.
- Posthumous: Tashaûn Aird, aka Tashaûn Jones.
- Spiritual mothers and fathers of Kingsmead: Regina Odilinye, Carol Walsh, Joseph St Luce.
- Surprise award: Sid and Jan Patel.