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

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!


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 News Stories

Volunteers plant a new herbaceous border to mark Waterlow Park's 125th anniversary. Picture: Polly Hancock

Volunteers armed with gardening forks and spades replanted a herbaceous border to mark a Highgate park’s 125th anniversary.

Bridget Cherry pictured at Hornsey Tower

Bridget Cherry's book, Ivy-Mantled Tower A History of the Church and Churchyard of St Mary Hornsey has been published by The Hornsey Historical Soc. Picture: Nigel Sutton

In telling the story of a long-vanished parish church, architectural historian Bridget Cherry has delved into the heart of what was once Hornsey village.

Paul Young, 18, who won the Personal Journey award and was named Inspirational Young Person of the Year at the Camden Youth Awards. Picture: Dieter Perry

Paul Young struggled to cope after suffering mental health problems, being bullied at school, and having to care for his unwell mother.

Yesterday, 17:29
Crouch End Festival Chorus at St John's Smith Square. Photo: Emily Soppet

The Crouch End Festival Chorus is taking a deep breath and running a 12-hour sponsored singing marathon this Saturday to raise funds for a major recording project.

Yesterday, 16:48
Flowers on Parkland Walk

Police are investigating after live ammunition was discovered in Parkland Walk.

Squatters at West End Lane

Squatters are currently believed to have barricaded themselves into a former council building in West Hampstead after an eviction order was served.

Yesterday, 13:00
London Ambulance Service has been recommended for special measures following a CQC report

The London Ambulance Service has been placed into special measures after being slammed by a health watchdog investigation as “inadequate”.

Yesterday, 11:47
Tulip Siddiq challenged the Prime Minister in the House of Commons

Mothers’ maiden names should be listed on marriage certificates alongside fathers’ names, Hampstead and Kilburn’s MP has told Parliament.

Most read news

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


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder