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Lynn Baker: All I want is to make my daughter proud

Lynn Baker: All I want is to make my daughter proud

As a parent of a child who fought a long battle against a terminal disease, Lynn Baker knows the value of help from people in the same situation. After her youngest daughter died last year, she decided it was time to help others as a way of moving on. When…

Lee Hadwin: Behind the “Sleepwalking” artist

Lee Hadwin: Behind the “Sleepwalking” artist

A pencil portrait of a sultry Marilyn Monroe is the most impressive work in artist Lee Hadwin’s collection. Her flaxen head rests on a pillow as she gazes at onlookers with parted lips. The detail is precise, down to the set of her curls and the infamous mole on her…

Lindsey Garrett: they would “have had to drag me out”

Lindsey Garrett: they would “have had to drag me out”

It has been less than two months since Lindsey Garrett saved the New Era Estate. Since 93 families successfully rebelled against the global powers of the London housing market. And rebellion this was. The possibility that a working class community in Hoxton may be forced out of their homes dominated…

Helen Stanley: a life dedicated to theatre

Helen Stanley: a life dedicated to theatre

When roles for the primary school nativity play are being dished out, many little girls long to star as angel Gabriel. Helen Stanley was no exception. No matter what other role was offered, Stanley stuck it out as a lower-ranking angel until she finally achieved her ambition. Stanley, now 51-years-old…

Natalie Bennett: ”We have only one planet”

Natalie Bennett: ”We have only one planet”

British citizens live as though not only one planet is expendable to them, but three. That is the verdict of Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who is determined that if her party has any chance of coming into power in May, they will deliver the “radical and humane change” that…

Tom Dingley on #Outcome, LGBT and Stephen Fry

Tom Dingley on #Outcome, LGBT and Stephen Fry

“Being gay is not the full you. It is part of you,” says Tom Dingley. The fact that people can be gay, but it’s not everything about them, is something that’s very important to this young photographer. It the theme of his first major exhibition  – a series of images…

Ross Burgess’ life of LGBT activism: “Be not afraid”

Ross Burgess’ life of LGBT activism: “Be not afraid”

The work of an activist is never done it seems. Ross Burgess, now 70 years old, has been working to improve the lives of those in the gay and lesbian community for over half a century and still strives for this purpose today. Through his work on the LGBT History…

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

“I don’t think we’ll ever get full justice”, Marcia Rigg says. “But I really want to try and make a difference – and for there to be some changes.” Being an activist is something Marcia never planned on. However, following the death of her brother Sean whilst in police custody in…

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

A woman from Hackney has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to run 15 marathons in 15 months. Kerry Whitney – a receptionist at a school for children with special needs in Hackney – was inspired to undergo the challenge by the children she sees every day. Speaking to…

Ex-offender turns life around with new charity

Ex-offender turns life around with new charity

A young ex-offender has turned his life around by launching a charity to help and inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across Croydon. Scott Valero, now 22, faced an uncertain future when he given a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the London riots in the summer of 2011, aged 19.…

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