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More than 800 attend Tottenham refugee and migrant charity’s 20th anniversary party

PUBLISHED: 17:30 02 September 2014

Sylvia Jaiyeola and Freddi Ali with some of their colurful Knit For Charity dolls at the Embrace UK celebrations. Picture: Tony Gay

Sylvia Jaiyeola and Freddi Ali with some of their colurful Knit For Charity dolls at the Embrace UK celebrations. Picture: Tony Gay

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

Well-wishers from as far afield as Greenwich and Mile End soaked up the sun, food, drink and entertainment in Tottenham’s Selby Centre on Saturday as Embrace UK marked 20 years of helping some of the most vulnerable in society.

More than 800 people joined the celebrations in Selby Road, from Haringey, Enfield, Hackney, Islington, Camden, Barnet and further afield, from young families to pensioners.

The event played host to live bands, arts and crafts sessions, children’s activities, workshops, a football tournament, raffle draw, dancers and food and drink.

The charity has grown from humble beginnings and is now a firm fixture in the community, offering information, advice and guidance on welfare benefits, housing, immigration, education and training, health-related issues such as HIV/AIDS and mental health - all for free. It aims to help the social integration of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in London.

Alem Gebrehiwot, executive director of Embrace UK, said: “I am pleased with the outcome of the event, particularly with a number of different activities that reflects Embrace UK mission and high number of attendants.

“We will be doing more to bring the communities together to live in harmony and enjoy life in future.”

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