Residents of the Kingsmead and Morningside estates in Hackney left the big city
behind to enjoy a day at the seaside.
With funding from Sanctuary Housing, Morningside residents enjoyed a summer day
trip to Southend-on-Sea while Kingsmead residents had a fun-filled time visiting
The coach trips were open to both Sanctuary residents and others from the local
community and in total 233 people of all ages and backgrounds took part, enjoying
funfair rides, fish and chips and spending time on the beach.
Nicolette Nixon, chair of Morningside Tenants and Residents’ Association, said: “The
annual trip is a great opportunity for people of different ages and backgrounds to
come together and enjoy a day out while getting to know each other and building a
real sense of community.
“Some of our residents very rarely have the opportunity to leave London so the trip
was a great opportunity for them to enjoy new experiences.”
Alistair Livingstone, secretary of Kingsmead Residents’ Association, commented: “It
was a very successful day, with a good turnout and fine weather.
“Everyone had a great time visiting the beach and it was good to bring people of
different generations together to enjoy themselves.”
Funding from Sanctuary is also supporting upcoming community events on both
estates, as well as a Christmas party for Morningside residents later in the year.
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We aim to
help our residents lead happy and fulfilled lives and we are delighted to support the
residents’ associations with the valuable work they are carrying out for their local
These projects were part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund,
supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.