PARENTS have come out to nominate a Fulham performing arts group for a chance to win a cash prize.
The Chronicle and Barclays joined forces to launch a competition for community groups or charities to win cash and financial training
A first prize of £1,000 is up for grabs through the Barclays Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle Series Let’s Do It Awards, which also covers the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
And parents and residents have come out in force to nominate Fulham-based Creative Kidz for the competition.
Set up by sisters Charlie, 20, and Dani, 27, Barwick in 2007, the performing arts group has more than 100 members aged between four and 25 and has recently performed at the Albert Hall and Wembley Arena.
Since 2008, they have also worked alongside the Fulham Broadway safer neighbourhood team to give youngsters an outlet.
The Chronicle received a flood of nominations from parents on behalf of Creative Kidz, praising the Fulham siblings for their dedication.
Serena Lambe, of Fulham Park Gardens, said: “Creative Kidz gives youngsters the experiences some can only dream of, bringing them off the streets to learn new skills and make friends in the process.
“They bring all ages and races together as one, teaching kids that everyone is unique and has talent and teaching them how to use it. I can not think of anyone who deserves this more then Creative Kidz.”
Charlie said: “We are delighted and grateful to be nominated. We decided to set up Creative Kidz for underprivileged and disabled children giving them opportunity to attend performing arts classes, to build their confidence and give them the chance to perform.
“We are totally unfunded and rely on the kind donations of local business and our own fundraising efforts to keep Creative Kidz running.”
Two runner-up prizes of £500 each will also be awarded while a team of local Barclays staff will volunteer their services to support a charity or community organisation for a day, along with a volunteering grant of up to £750 to be used specifically to purchase materials/costs of associated volunteering.
To nominate a community group for the prize fill out the form in the Chronicle or click here to complete an online form.