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Community library and day centre share £21,000 raised by Hampstead Summer Festival

Festival founder Linda Chung (left), principal sponsor Kaveh Shakib, a surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, and Keats Community Library trustees Steven and Vicky Bobasch Festival founder Linda Chung (left), principal sponsor Kaveh Shakib, a surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, and Keats Community Library trustees Steven and Vicky Bobasch

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
3:26 PM

Two charities received a welcome boost as they shared a pot of £21,000 raised by the Hampstead Summer Festival.

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Hampstead charities Keats Community Library, in Keats Grove, and Henderson Court in Fitzjohn’s Avenue, an older people’s day centre run by Age UK Camden, were handed £10,500 each by the festival’s organisers.

The money raised by the annual event surpassed last year’s total of £20,000, which was also shared evenly by the same two causes.

A cheque presentation took place on Thursday (July 24) at Argentinian restaurant Gaucho in Heath Street, Hampstead, attended by the charities, festival organisers, and main sponsor Kaveh Shakib, a surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital.

Steven Bobasch, of Keats Community Library, said the money would help the charity to meet its annual costs of about £55,000.

“This is the biggest single contribution this year and it’s very important to us as we get nothing from any institutions,” he said.

Linda Chung, founder of the festival and a former Hampstead Town councillor, said: “We didn’t think we would meet our target to make the same level as last year, but we did and we exceeded it, which is a great achievement of our lovely sponsors and lovely volunteers who helped to make a success of it.”

The Hampstead Summer Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary next year.

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