North Kensington’s Venture Centre is looking to crowdfund £5,000 by Friday 20 May in order to hire a float and create costumes so that some 40 children can take part in the Notting Hill Carnival.

Each year local children watch the carnival pass, but up until this year they have not been able to take part in the parade.

Now the organisation has turned to the civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, in a bid to raise the money so the children can join the parade and in the process learn how to make their own carnival costumes and find out about the event’s history.

So far it has raised £875 but is hoping to drum up more support from residents and businesses.  Companies that pledge more than £250 can have their name and branding on the float.

The centre needs to hit its target by 20 May or it will not be able to use any money pledged.

Over 200 local children use the Venture Centre for a variety of activities each week including its steel pan band and the adventure playground.

Nammi Padi, Director of the Venture Centre has said: “This is an opportunity for our kids to partake in local life, building their sense of pride in their neighbourhood. It’s also an opportunity for the children to learn craftsman skills as well as teamwork; an opportunity for them to build their confidence, explore their creative side, and learn about carnival culture and traditions”.

Eleven-year-old Nadya who is hoping to appear at the carnival said: “I love going to carnival and it would be amazing to be part of the parade.  I really hope everyone can support our project!”

To pledge support for the Venture Kids Carnival go to the secure website:  www.spacehive.com/kids-carnival

For more information about the Venture Centre, email info@venturecentre.org.uk

Check out the Kensington and Chelsea Hive for more local ideas: https://www.spacehive.com/initiatives/rbkc.

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