Islington favourite Almeida has collaborated with the NSPCC hosting fundraising events since 2005. Over the years, the Islington Branch of the NSPCC has worked tirelessly with the Almeida team to hold 16 literary lunches involving influential literary figures including novelist David Nicholls and journalist Nick Robinson. Almeida has also planned stand alone fundraising events with creative, foodie themes including the ‘Four Chefs, Four Courses’ cook-off and ‘Once Upon A Dine’. Over £65,000 has been raised to date — a real triumph for all involved.
We caught up with Alison Samuels, Treasurer of the NSPCC Islington branch to find out more.
Please can you explain a bit more about the partnership?
For more than 10 years, Almeida has generously hosted a series of literary lunches organised by the NSPCC Islington branch, the two most recent speakers having been Nick Robinson and David Nicholls. The restaurant has been a wonderful venue for our guests and has attracted them to support our event.
Almeida has also organised two very special dinners in aid of the NSPCC, Four Chefs, Four Courses in 2012 and Once Upon A Dine in 2015.
How important are collaborations like this to the NSPCC?
They’re vital. Without such collaborations, the NSPCC wouldn’t be able to run as many services and would reach fewer of the children and young people that need them most.
And, of course, our events such as those at Almeida not only raise money but raise awareness of the charity and its work as well
Do you have a message for the teams involved in the events?
Thank you to everyone at Almeida, past and present, for the huge amount of hard work you’ve put into all of the events you’ve organised with us to support the NSPCC. You should feel proud to know that you’ve contributed to helping children and young people who were in great need of support. I hope that our partnership will continue for many years to come.