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new shaftesbury hall artists impression croppedNorth London Samaritans have been given a Big Lottery Fund grant of £545,0000 to rebuild a former "Tin Tabernacle" to use as a centre for their lifesaving work and to provide a new communitiy facility for Bowes Park.

Shaftesbury Hall (to give the former chapel its proper name) is located in Herbert Road, adjacent to Bowes Park Station.  The building is currently in complete disrepair - the plan now is not to restore it, but to build a replica from modern materials with an additional brick building behind it.

The plan.  To turn this...

shaftesbury hall in disrepair

...into this

new shaftesbury hall artists impression

The charity now needs to look to local businesses and individuals to raise £15,000 in the next six months to complete the project. If all goes to plan, NLS aim to start building work in the autumn of 2017 and complete it by mid-2018.

NLS are also in the process of asking for donations of £95,000 from charitable unds and trusts as the total cost of rebuilding will be over £800,000.  After the Hall is redeveloped there will be a plaque on the inside listing the names of individuals and organisations who have donated or raised over £500.

This grant will ultimately benefit around 360 people per week by working with a large number of local organisations. Over 30 local people and groups have already expressed a keen interest in using the space.

Local business, community groups and others interested in fundraising or sponsorship opportunities for the North London Samaritans Shaftesbury Hall appeal should contact North London Samaritans on 020 8368 6789 or by emailing .

To donate securely visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/North-London-Samaritans.

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