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Community Spirit: London Bar Community Hosts Fundraiser For Grenfell Tower Tragedy

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July 01
07:59 2017

(Drinking TrendsLeading bartenders from across the Capital have announced they’ll be throwing a fundraiser in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy, in the launch of a new drinks industry fundraising initiative – Community Spirit. 

On Sunday 9th of July, some of the best bars in London will be coming together to shake up some incredible cocktails at a one-off fundraiser event – with 100% of revenues going to charities connected with the disaster.

Bartenders from communities across London will be making the journey west to Westbank in Notting Hill, with the drinks menu changing throughout the day and night depending on who’s behind the stick. With many of London’s most celebrated bars confirmed to be involved, including Callooh Callay, City Social, LCC, Trailer Happiness, and Barrio Bars – get ready to taste the best drinks you’ll ever drink in the name of a good cause.

Alongside phenomenal cocktails, there will be live music, DJs (including a guest set from The Shapeshifters), food, a charity auction, and both indoor and outdoor space for ideal Sunday vibes. We Stand Together T-shirts by the W11 Campaign will also be on sale on the day.

Ticket price, which will be donated in full to the chosen charities, will be £20 and will include 3 delicious full-size cocktails. More drinks will be available to buy on the day – and thanks to the incredible generosity of many of the UK’s best-loved drinks brands – all income goes straight to the people who need it.

Sly Augustin, of Notting Hill’s Trailer Happiness, has lived in West London all his life and is heading up the team.

He said: “The events at Grenfell have affected me deeply. But the one ray of light was the incredible response from the community. Regular people stepped up and gave time and possessions without a second thought.

The bar world has an equally strong sense of community – people you don’t know will go out of their way to help you as standard. It was no surprise when people within the industry reached out and offered support immediately after the Grenfell disaster. What I didn’t realise is just how many people wanted to help and just how many brands were willing to get involved.

I can’t wait to see the culmination of this generosity, and we intend to grow Community Spirit beyond this recent tragedy, fundraising to give back to local communities across the capital on an ongoing basis”.

The chosen charities are Rugby Portobello and The Harrow Club, which are local community organisations located in the area and working on the ground, The London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund, and The K & C Foundation, which work to fund local groups.

For tickets and more information, head to www.communityspirit.fund, and for regular updates, look for @ldnspiritfund across social.


Venue:  Westbank Arts and Music, 3-5 Thorpe Cl, London W10 5XL

Time: 3pm-1am

Tickets: £20 including 3 drinks tokens.

Website: www.communityspirit.fund

Direct Ticket Link: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/community-spirit-for-grenfell

Social: @ldnspiritfund


About the Charities:

Sly Augustin has spent time on the ground over the past weeks researching to ensure that the money raised is going to who really needs it. 100% of revenues will be going to the charities.


The Harrow Club + Rugby Portobello

These community charities were chosen because not only do they exist to help young people in the community they have proved their value during the Grenfell Crisis and we believe our donation can help to make their jobs easier now it’s harder than ever.


The K & C Foundation

The portion of the donation that is going to Grenfell victims will be distributed by the K & C foundation – an organisation connected to every charity involved, who will be able to distribute the funds effectively and appropriately. The Big Give have pledged to double all donations to this charity while match funds last.


The London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund

The outcome of the Grenfell tragedy would have been even more horrific had it not been for the bravery of the emergency services during the crisis. We want to show thanks for the danger they put themselves in on a regular basis and the appreciation we feel for the selflessness they demonstrated at the time of the disaster which saved so many lives.


All the members of the team are taking the pledge that 100% of revenues will go to the charity very seriously and there will be various checks and balances throughout the process. For more information about the guidelines we’re using, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fundraising-legally-and-responsibly#how-to-handle-money-correctly


The Team:

The number of people involved has grown exponentially over the past week, however, meet the core team:

Sly Augustin (Owner, Trailer Happiness), Ani Kyriacou (Director, Barrio Bars), Siobhan Payne (Director, London Cocktail Week), Dominic Balfour (Director, Pitch Black Bars), Tabara Toplexil (Event Manager, Cocktails in the City/Freelance), Bea Bradsell (Former Manager, Callooh Callay)




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