The N21 Festival Charities
The National Autistic Society Enfield - Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice -  Alzheimers Society

The N21 Festival Charities "Over the moon"  

The N21 Festival organisers were proud to present each of the three nominated charities - The Alzheimers Society Enfield, The National Autistic Society Enfield, and The Noah's Ark childrens Hospice with a cheque for £4735 at a ceremony on Winchmore Hill Green on Saturday 13th October 2012.


The charities were overwhelmed by the size of the donation and assured The organisers that the money would be well spent. The monies raised by The Festival activities, including sponsorship, advertising, ticket sales, raffles and donations were in the end quite amazing. The cheques were in addition to the amounts the charities collected themselves and donations that went directly to the charities.

Hugh Humphrey, the founder of The N21 Festival gave a short speech, reproduced here.

"Just before we come to the charities, we'd  like to say something to the organisers... 

The N21 Festival Charities
The National Autistic Society Enfield - Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice -  Alzheimers Society

The N21 Festival is primarily a community event, which is quite different from a charity fund-raising event.

Having said that, as a community event in its first year, all the organisers and people involved in The Festival wanted any profits from the events to go to charity, to make it clear that the N21 Festival is about improving the community, the area and to giving something back.

We will be promoting the charities whenever we can and encourage those that can afford it to contribute to these extremely worthwhile and important causes.

The N21 Festival is hoping that the various fundraising events will result in substantial funds for all of the charities.  In addition to fundraising events during The N21 Festival week it is possible to donate to the charities on line..

To donate now online to our charities, you can click here


The Alzheimers Society Enfield

The Alzheimer’s Society has been working tirelessly to raise awareness of the illness that is now high on the Government’s agenda and is equally delighted to be one of the charities to benefit from the N21 Festival community driven event.

Peter Todd, Locality Manager explains that, ‘This is the perfect forum for us to promote our new ‘Singing for the Brain’ service which will be launched 1 May. 

Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many of the 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform the work of the society.

For more information - see

The Alzheimers Society website

The Alzheimers Society on YouTube

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The National Autistic Society Enfield

Sophie Castell, Branch Manager of the National Autistic Society that reaches out to anyone in Enfield affected by autism says, "We are really excited about being selected by the N21 Festival. We are a totally voluntary group and are 100% dependent on our own fundraising efforts.”

The society is the leading UK charity for people with autism and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

For more information see

The National Autistic Society website

The National Autistic Society on YouTube

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The Noahs Ark Childrens Hospice

Priya Singh, Community Fundraiser of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice was more than pleased to learn that the Hospice will be involved with the N21 Festival as, “It will generate much needed awareness and funds for our organisation that provides support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families”, she remarked.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice is a dynamic and innovative children's hospice service, providing practical and emotional support to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, within the communities of North London.

Below please find recent news and achievements.

1 Noah’s Ark has been granted final planning permission by the London Borough of Barnet for the development of a children’s hospice to serve the children and families living in the communities of North London.  The facility will be established on part of an 8-acre nature reserve, located in Byng Road, Barnet.  Having a resident building will mean we can offer over night and end of life care to these children who would otherwise have to go into hospital or travel out of their community to their nearest hospice. 

2 At the beginning of 2011 we started offering a service to families that would allow their life-limited/life-threatened child to be supported in their own home by a specialist carer.  To date, the carer’s team have worked with 19 families delivering sessional care at home, providing much needed respite breaks for parents.  The specialist carers also assist families attending the Family Days and help support the crèche that runs during the bimonthly Parents Groups.

3 Last year 42 new families were referred to Noah’s Ark needing support, a further 8 families have been introduced to us already this year.  Currently we have 110 families on our active caseload – they live across all the five north London boroughs we seek to serve – Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

4 Our very first charity shop opened in November last year on Barnet High Street.  We have had fantastic support from the public, both with donations of stock and coming in to do their shopping.  It has been a great way for Noah’s Ark to raise our profile and increase awareness in the local area as well as raising some much needed funds. 

5 At Noah’s Ark, volunteers enable us to provide the service we deliver to the families with whom we work.  In 2011 volunteers gave 7,879 hours of support to Noah’s Ark (estimated value £75,000) – which includes ALL volunteer activity plus the support of our pro bono Link Worker.

6 In 2011, Noah’s Ark held a total of 20 Sibling events – 6 groups for 4-10 year olds, 6 groups for 11-18 year olds and 8 outings which are open to all ages.  These groups and outings included a cookery day, a trip to the London Sea Life Centre, a DJ workshop and Laser Quest.  A total of 50 brothers and sisters of life-limited and life-threatened children that are supported by Noah’s Ark, attended a sibling event with 18 of those attending for the first time in 2011.

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Selecting the N21 Festival Charities

Choosing the N21 Festival charities was not as easy a process as we all thought it would be.

What became clear from the beginning was that many people had very strong ideas about the charities that should be supported.

It was therefore decided to try to choose a number of local charities that covered the whole age-span of the community and that reflected aspects of the N21 Festival philospophy. 

Ken Waterhouse, Managing Director of Home Care Preferred has been instrumental in managing the charity selection process and believes that “the breadth of the chosen charities truly reflects the needs of the Enfield community, reaching out to people of all ages including the young and the elderly who genuinely require assistance”. 

Home Care Preferred is committed to person centred services for the elderly and therefore understands the isolation of those who need support.