Let’s get Steve home to Jamaica for the first time since 1957!
** UPDATE NO MORE DONATIONS PLEASE please see this post for further info**
Hi here’s some more details.Steve – who is now my profile pic! – came to Hackney from Jamaica in 1957. He never married or had kids and still lives in Clapton by the Lea Bridge roundabout. I’m sure many of you have seen him around. He’s 65 now and on a state pension. I often talk to him over a cuppa in Chez Sam and was saddened to hear he’s never been able to afford to get home to see Jamaica one last time. He has family there so he would have somewhere to stay. He worked for many years as a mechanic at Gregory’s coach depot in Stamford Hill but has the same problems as all pensioners – his state pension keeps in tea and food and not much else. He didn’t marry or have kids so is pretty much on his own. His dream is to go back for a few months. Judging by the costs of flights to Jamaica and his need for some pocket money it would take about £2k to fund this – unless anyone has some good PR contacts at Virgin Atlantic!I’ve put a shout out on my facebook page and have donations of £200 already but am sure there are enough people out there willing to chip in £10 to make this happen.Wouldn’t it be lovely to sort that all out and have a tea and cake send off for him somewhere in Hackney?Before anyone donates anything I was going to have a word with someone neutral like the Vicar at St John’s to see if he would hold any donations until the target is reached. But it would be good to know if people would chip in a fiver in principle.Let me know folks!