The big 10k for the Big 30

Deptford Foundry
1 year ago

London Property Developer Anthology is proud to be supporting The Big 30, a celebration of 30 years of Heart n Soul, a creative arts charity that believes in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities. The groundbreaking project will celebrate 30 years of the charity and the work it has been doing over the last three decades to give a creative voice and equal opportunities to those with learning disabilities.

Based in Deptford, just around the corner from Anthology’s Deptford Foundry development, Heart n Soul works relentlessly to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to take part in creative activities, learn a new skill and secure work within the cultural sector. The Big 30 is a collection of celebrations for the 30th year anniversary of the charity which includes The Big 30 Archive, a collection of interviews with people with and without learning disabilities that represents all the different aspects of Heart n Soul. This archive is currently on display as a series of installations around Deptford until Sunday 30th July.

As a way of supporting this amazing cause, Neil Sams, Development Director at Anthology, took part in the British 10k on Sunday 9th July, which tours central London’s most iconic landmarks, from Piccadilly to Whitehall, via Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. In aid of Heart n Soul and The Big 30, Neil ran the 10k route in an impressive 48 minutes and 50 seconds, raising over £200 for The Big 30 project.

Commenting on his fundraising efforts, Neil Sams commented: “I was honoured to run the British 10k on behalf of Heart n Soul and The Big 30 project. It is an amazing initiative that gives a voice and real opportunity to those with learning disabilities, to ensure they don’t miss out on the chance to share their talents with the world. The British 10k route is one that highlights some of the very best landmarks and sights of our capital, and I thought it was fitting to use this chance to pledge support to a London born-and-bred charity – particularly one that is so close to home for us in Deptford!”

So far, the Heart n Soul team has raised a whopping £18,877 of its £25,000 target for the Big 30 project which will enable the charity to continue their great work.

Mark Williams, Artistic Director of Heart n Soul, commented: “We are very touched by the amount of support we have had towards The Big 30 project and feel it is a real homage to the last three decades of work we have been doing. We would like to thank the Anthology team for helping us raise money for this cause and congratulate Neil on completing the British 10k in such a great time!

“We are so close to reaching our fundraising target and hitting this total would really make a difference to the work we are doing to share the talents and power of people with learning disabilities in our 30th year.”

The Big 30 Summer Takeover will be taking place in Deptford in July, with visitors invited to see and hear the stories from the archive and add their own memories to the collection. There will also be a range of events and performances taking place across Deptford.

To find out more about The Big 30 and the work Heart n Soul is doing in the community, visit: