No more dollars! Help The Charlton Champion continue with a new way of supporting us

Charlton House
Charlton House. Photo © Neil Clasper

We’ve made a couple of changes to The Charlton Champion behind the scenes over the past few weeks – and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve relaunched our membership system, so you don’t have to risk foreign exchange charges or turbulent exchange rates to support us.

The Charlton Champion has been running for nine years, and in that time we’ve become a trusted source of news and information for SE7. We tell you about community events, what the council’s doing, and about what developers are planning down by the riverside. We’ve also started to run Kevin Nolan’s brilliant Charlton Athletic match reports. We live here, we know the area, and we want to see it thrive.

But we can’t do it without help from readers. We’re honoured that a number of people choose to give us a monthly donation to help pay the bills and to help us develop the site. But we know that many people found our old system, Patreon, difficult to use.

So we’ve opened up a new system in association with PressPatron, a crowdfunding platform that makes it easy to support blogs and journalism websites. It charges in sterling and doesn’t add a VAT surcharge on top – so no more worrying about dollars or surcharges on card bills. You don’t even have to leave this website. Simply hit the button below, fill in the form, and PressPatron will take care of the rest. Or you can do it on the PressPatron website.

Your money goes to pay the bills and to give something back to site contributors. Anything left over is kept by us to further develop the site and what we do. We’re keeping Patreon as an alternative way to pay, as we know some readers fund other sites through it. But if you like what we do and you’d like us to continue, please help us and donate to us through PressPatron.

If you’re a local business, please consider advertising with us – costs start at just £9.80/week, and you can advertise with us in the knowledge that your money is staying locally – it’s not disappearing into vast coffers overseas. We strongly believe local businesses should help each other – if you agree, please place an advertisement with us.

We’re also experimenting with Google Ads to bring in new income to support the site – if we can earn enough in reader donations and local advertising, we’ll be able to drop them. And have you checked out our postcards and prints?

Finally, if you’ve got a local event or know of something that’s happening, please tell us about it. We reach the parts that Facebook groups and email lists don’t reach – and you’ll be helping local media survive. Just drop us a line.

Thanks for your support – we hope we can carry on with the site for years to come.


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Whatever happened to Charlton station’s water fountain? We’ve found out

A couple of months ago, we got excited because we saw Charlton station had gained a new water fountain. It was all part of a London-wide plan to provide more drinking water taps, and reduce the need for people to buy plastic bottles of water. There was a heatwave on, it sounded fantastic.

Then a few weeks after it opened, it was covered up again. And moved. It’s still covered up today. Our refillable bottles have remained unfilled.

We asked Thames Water what was going on. A spokesperson got back to us very quickly and told us: “At the moment the water coming from the fountain isn’t of the standard we’d expect so we can’t let anyone use it until it passes all the right tests.”

Thames Water emphasises there is no issue with water in the wider area – it’s just an issue that affects the fountain.

Hopefully the fountain will be back in service soon.


PLEASE SUPPORT THE CHARLTON CHAMPION

We tell the SE7 stories you won’t read elsewhere. We can’t do it without your help.
– Please tell us about your news and events
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Hill-climbing kids complete 100km cycling challenge for Big Red Bus Club

Daisy and Anatoliy
Would you cycle up Frances Street after riding through Kent and Essex? Daisy and Anatoliy did

Two local 12-year-olds cycled 100 kilometres through London, Kent and Essex at the weekend to raise money for The Big Red Bus Club, the family wellbeing charity based in Charlton Park.

Daisy and Anatoliy, who met as three-year olds at one of the club’s free family stay and play sessions, cycled solidly for almost eight hours – and were inspired to take on the challenge after supporting adult cyclists who have completed the same charity ride in previous years.

They cycled for eight hours on Saturday, beginning and ending at the Big Red Bus Club, including the hills and crossing the river at the Woolwich and Tilbury ferries. Daisy and Anatoliy are trying to raise £1,750 for the charity.

Daisy and Anatoliy both almost a decade ago and were inspired to take on the mammoth cycle challenge after supporting the adult cyclists who have completed this charity ride in previous years.

Daisy and Anatoliy on the ferry

Daisy said: “The best moment was the feeling of getting up Frances Street, the very last hill, and knowing at the top I was going onto the home stretch and I was going to do it. The worst moments were going up hills when I got a feeling in my legs that I couldn’t keep going, but I am so happy that I kept on and competed the whole ride.

“The Big Red Bus Club has been a part of my life since I was so little, I love walking past and seeing the new little children playing.”

Anatoliy said: “The best bit of the day was at 20 miles sitting down and having a hot chocolate on the Tilbury ferry. I can’t wait for next year.”

The Big Red Bus Club is open weekday afternoons for free stay-and-play for under-fives, run by volunteers.

To donate to Daisy and Anatoliy’s appeal, visit localgiving.org/fundraising/anatoliy-daisy-charity-bike-ride/.


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