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Thamesmead Community Veg Stall Trading Secured For Six Months

04/02/2014
The future of a community fruit and vegetable market stall in The Moorings, Thamesmead has been secured for the next six months, thanks to a donation from London City Airport.

The airport has given a £5,000 grant to Thamesmead’s local community development agency, Trust Thamesmead to enable it to operate the stall, which opened to make fresh produce accessible and affordable for local residents.

Liam McKay, Head of Public Affairs and Community Relations at London City Airport said:  “The airport is committed to working with the local community to transform East London.  The airport champions local initiatives and organisations that are helping to make a difference and we are proud to support Trust Thamesmead.  The stall promotes healthy eating, which in turn promotes a healthy lifestyle and home environment and I hope many more local residents will be able to benefit from the service as a result of our involvement.”

The stall, which is staffed solely by volunteers, is a partnership project between Trust Thamesmead and Greenwich Community Food Coop and is open every Friday, from 8.00am to 12:30pm outside Arnott Community Centre, Arnott Close, Thamesmead, SE28 8BG. 

Lucy Webb from Trust Thamesmead said:  “We are delighted by this contribution from our partners at London City Airport.  The stall plays a very important role in bringing affordable, fresh fruit and vegetables to our residents in an area currently lacking in local services.  The grant will allow us to build a sustainable plan for the stall and for us to link it more closely with our wider health and wellbeing programme.”   

Editors note

A total of 3,381,000 passengers used London City Airport in 2013. London City Airport (LCY) is the only airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway.  Catering for around 3.4 million passengers (63% travelling on business) and 70,000 movements annually, in 2013 LCY celebrated 26 years of operation.  The airport offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes. 10 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 47 mainly European destinations, eight of which were new for 2013. The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum, carrying 6 million passengers, which it intends to do by 2023. Further information about the airport and its services can be found by browsing our website.

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Please contact Charlotte Beeching, External Communications Manager, London City Airport. Tel: 0207 646 0132. Email: charlotte.beeching@londoncityairport.com

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