Search

My King’s Cross: Charity fundraiser speaks of ‘remarkable transformation’ of King’s Cross

17:00 14 June 2014

Tom Blackie

Tom Blackie

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Tom Blackie is a fundraising officer for Age UK Camden.

When you look back at what the area was like when you first moved there, what changes have you seen?

I arrived in Camden to work on the King’s Cross regeneration in 1997, so for me the most obvious changes have been its remarkable transformation and the areas around Somers Town and south of Euston Road.

How has your work for Age UK Camden changed over the years?

My work with Age UK Camden and many other great charities in the borough has remained fascinating and rewarding, but with such severe central government-led cuts in recent years it has become far more challenging as the competition for funding is fierce.

If you were guest editor of the Ham&High for a day, what one local issue would you most like to see reported?

Camden has some of the worst mental health statistics in London and that needs to be explored more to find more effective solutions.

What have you learnt most from your work at Age UK Camden?

It’s uplifting – the charity supports 7,000 older people every year and makes such a difference to the lives of some very isolated, frail and vulnerable older people.

Are the people Age UK Camden help in a better or worse situation since you began working for the charity?

The charity provides such a range of services that when someone finds out about us a whole new world of support and friendship can open up to them, so for those that we help they definitely end up in a better situation.

What makes you smile when you walk to work?

I cycle to work and smile knowing that the borough just gets better and better – it’s vibrant, wonderfully multicultural and diverse and I normally bump into people I’ve known over the years, so there’s always a potential surprise around every corner.

What would you say is the area’s best kept secret?

I love being able to walk along the canal from King’s Cross to Primrose Hill on a Sunday afternoon for a roast at the Landsdowne pub. I always feel at home and relaxed there.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say?

He loved people and he loved life!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Criminal gangs working across Hampstead are ordering spare keys online using numbers etched onto the access locks.

Testing along West End Lane showed many residents were being exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels more than 50 per cent above permitted levels.

The charity gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy as husband Richard delivered a letter calling for justice and a better future for his child

Transport for London (TfL) plans to provide up to 70 new homes by building above a proposed new entrance on Buck Street.

A car wash owner has been jailed after an employee was electrocuted while showering in squalid rat-infested housing he provided for workers.

Yesterday, 16:25

Politician, refugee advocate and Holocaust survivor Lord Alf Dubs has been announced as the keynote speaker for Camden’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

Yesterday, 15:26

Two celebrity patrons of a Childs Hill charity were left “really miffed” after being told they could no longer attend a reception at 10 Downing Street – while on the road to Westminster.

Yesterday, 11:44

An unwell man was taken from the window of a first floor Hampstead flat by a fire brigade cherry picker yesterday morning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now