An exhibition and silent auction featuring the lost gloves of London has raised hundreds of pounds to help the city’s homeless. Kate Lynch organised the LOST (G)LOVES exhibition to support Brixton Soup Kitchen.
It featured 25 of a series of 60 black and white images taken by Kate of lone gloves abandoned on the streets of London.
“I had this little idea in my head a couple of years ago,” explained Kate.
“It started off as a bit of a joke between myself and my boyfriend because I’d see a lost glove and I’d think ‘It’s sad because it’s lost its friend’ and I’d imagine the other glove looking for it.
“Then I started reading more about homelessness in London and for some reason it sparked in my head this link between the homeless people in London and the lost gloves of London.”
One of the main reasons for homelessness in the UK is relationship or family breakdown – lost loves.
Kate, who lives in Brixton, decided to combine this with her interest in lost gloves and the name of the exhibition was born – LOST (G)LOVES.
The initial fundraising target was £500. But, with 15 images sold on the night, more sold since, ticket sales and online donations Kate surpassed her target to raise a staggering £915.
“I work in central London and on my way to work there is not a day that goes by that I don’t see a homeless person,” she said.
“I always thought ‘I want to do something more to help’.”
Once she had made the link between gloves lying abandoned on the streets and the city’s homeless it was an easy decision to support Brixton Soup Kitchen.
“I know every single penny goes into helping people.
“Everyone there works on a volunteer basis. I could have chosen another charity but I wouldn’t necessarily know where the money was going.
“With Brixton Soup Kitchen, it goes completely into helping people.”
Kate said the exhibition, held at Captured Studio, went ‘so much better than I ever thought it could’.
It included an inspiring talk by Brixton Soup Kitchen founder Solomon Smith.
“After that we got a lot of people bidding because they knew literally every penny goes towards helping people,” said Kate.
She thanked everyone who helped raise the £915 – every penny of which will go to Brixton Soup Kitchen.
“Thank you to everyone for the support they gave me but also thank you on behalf of Solomon Smith and everyone Brixton Soup Kitchen helps on a daily basis.
“I’d also like to say a massive thank you to Klair and Kayung at Spectrum.
“I was speaking to Kayung pretty much every day before the exhibition and she couldn’t have been more helpful or made things easier. Thank you to Spectrum for sponsoring because without them this wouldn’t have happened.
“Also thank you to Kay who owns the studio because without a space this wouldn’t have happened either.
“Without the huge generosity of those three people in particular, it just would never have happened. They have been part of making almost £1,000 for a charity that is going to help so many people.”
Brixton Soup Kitchen
Started in January 2013 Brixton Soup Kitchen is a welcoming community hub.
As well as hot lunches, it offers food and clothes banks, a weekly reading group, legal advice sessions and training.
BSK also does outreach work, taking hot food and clothing to those living on the streets and vulnerable families.
There is still time to donate to the LOST (G)LOVES appeal by visiting the JustGiving page.
Find out more about how you can support Brixton Soup Kitchen here.
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