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to think that this over-65s self-help project for East London grans deserves a lot more support ?

(6 Posts)
SitsThere Wed 25-Sep-13 11:08:49

NANAs are doing it for themselves, but if they dont reach their Kickstarter target by 1st Ictober it will all be for naught. Please, if you can, help us reach our target.

janeainsworth Wed 25-Sep-13 11:53:27

Blued it for you. Perhaps you could tell us a bit more about it?

SitsThere Wed 25-Sep-13 14:47:27

Certainly, Jane. NANA is a comfort food and craft cafe hosted by lovely older ladies from the local area (Hackney and Clapton). We're serving up traditional, home-cooked favourites all at a reasonable price. Think dippy egg and soldiers, massive sandwiches, hearty soups and dangerous amounts of tea and cake.
Over half of people aged over 65 in the UK say they feel lonely. We hate the thought of people being stuck indoors with no one to talk to and nothing to do. This is when we thought - why not give retired ladies a reason to get out of the house and put all those years worth of nurturing and chat to good use?

We concentrate on ladies who are over 65 and looking for something to do with their free time. They work one shift a week in the cafe, taking food orders, chatting with customers and entertaining kids while their parents get a moment to eat their food!

Since December 2012 we've been trialing the concept in our local pub (which is normally shut in the day). We poured over 2,000 cups of tea, had over 15 NANAs involved and received some great feedback.

The main thing that kept popping up when talking to NANAs and customers is that we need a home of our own. We're really grateful for the opportunity to get ourselves started, but now we want to take it up a gear by opening longer hours and on weekends in a space that's our own.

And that's where the Kickstarter comes in. It needs to raise £15,000 by 1st October to enable Nanas to convert a derelict building in Clapton to a permanent home for Nanas. So far there are over 300 backers and just over£10,000 has been pledged, but unless the £15,000 target is reached, next Tuesday the Kickstarter appeal will come to an end without funding. So we are appealing to Gransnetters to support us, even with a small pledge, to help us to reach that target.

liminetta Wed 25-Sep-13 15:24:55

What a wonderful idea,sit there, Its an awful lot of money to find before next tuesday though.Ide like to help but Ime raising money for our local Theatre roof, but I wish you all the very

SitsThere Sun 29-Sep-13 08:58:34

Only £550 still to raise and every little helps!! Thanks to all the kind people who have sponsored and if you havent already please pledge a few quid!!

glammanana Sun 29-Sep-13 10:28:30

It looks like you will achieve your target Sits There and what a fabulous idea,I am in the process of raising funds for our pensioners Christmas Lunch but wish you all the luck in the world,can you apply for lottery funding to keep the concept on going as to the running costs.?