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Bankers to volunteer at soup kitchen for renovation project

GREEN FINGERS: Over 200 Citi Investment Bank workers will volunteer in a three-day project to help redevelop Brixton Soup Kitchen's community garden centre. Pictured, Brixton Soup Kitchen co-founder Solomon Smith

LONDON-BASED charity Brixton Soup Kitchen will be hosting over 200 Citi Investment Bank volunteers at their headquarters in a three-day project to help redevelop their community garden centre.

The renovation project is set to kick off this weekend (June 5 and 6) with the first wave of big-time investment bankers rolling up their sleeves to work with landscapers to strip down the existing garden.

The south London organisation first launched in 2013 and has quickly risen to be a staple in the community for opening its doors five days a week to deliver free meals to homeless people from around the city.

In addition to their work feeding the homeless, the grass root charity has expanded its services to offer CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits.

Depending entirely on public donations to continue their work, the centre has benefited from the patronage and support from organisations and celebrities including the likes of Dame Kelly Holmes, Chris Eubank, Greggs the bakery, Vita Coco, Nandos and Ebay Motors.

Co-founders of Brixton Soup Kitchen Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi said: “We feel so overwhelmed that we are getting such support from a big organisation like Citi. It’s amazing to see bankers helping and never in a million years thought they would come to other side of Brixton to help the community.”

On the final day, The CEO of Citi Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), James C. Cowles will be making a personal appearance to make the final touches and complete the garden renovation along with the 70 bankers and staff.

With the recent protests in Brixton against the gentrification of the area, Brixton Soup Kitchen plans on giving back to the community with the redevelopment of their community garden centre which will host night markets for traders such as those at the Brixton Arches who will be forced to leave by the end of the year.

Allotments will be placed for locals to grow fruit and veg and Brixton Soup Kitchen hopes to bring a real sense community spirit at a time where it is needed more than ever.

Co-founder Solomon Smith added: “We are fighting back against gentrification and creating a place for the community.”

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