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Long live the Silver Lady

May 19th 2009

Readers had contacted The Pavement to report that the van, known for its early-morning distribution of pies, had not been seen in its usual spot at Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. The charity confirmed the van was still distributing food, however, one of the Fund's governors said the driver sometimes had difficulty parking in that area, and could be found along Southwark Bridge Road instead. The charity's history stretches right back to the 1880s, when it was founded by Christian Herald proprietor Reverend Baxter and his wife. It initially provided food for the hungry, but its services gradually extended to distributing clothing, providing accommodation for "stranded women and girls" and launching the All Night Travelling Cafe, which still distributes piping hot pasties, pies and sausage rolls. Today, as well as distributing food, the Silver Lady Fund supports other initiatives, for example funding the pod temporary housing units at Lorica St Patrick's shelter in Brighton (see issue 12 of The Pavement). And every Christmas they distribute packages which include food, a pair of warm socks... and a silver coin.

February 2008



Are you on CHAIN?

The interview: Grant Shapps, MP

Alternative housing: Architecture for Humanity

Long live the Silver Lady

St Mungo's loses City contract

Obituary: Pat McCann

Three deaths in Conway House

An anniversary and a departure at ASLAN

SNaP report uncovers hostel provision in England

Jonathan Creek ate my ear

Scottish housing scandal

Camden street count

Paris deaths

Camden – ASBO central?

Tory MP Grant Shapps sleeps out

The Homeless World Cup 2008

Director leaves Simon Community

Homeless radio

Crisis critique

Hospital discharge

Vital soup runs - a response

What to do if you're gay and homeless?


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