Donation Shines A Light on Hackneys Celebrations

Date: Wednesday 18 December 2013

Visitors to Hackney can enjoy some festive cheer thanks to donations from local businesses including Taylor Wimpey East London towards the cost of the borough’s Christmas lights.

The leading housebuilder contributed £10,000 towards the Make Hackney Sparkle initiative after funding cuts meant the town centre might have to go without lights this festive season.

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An example of some of the Christmas Lights in Hackney that Taylor Wimpey has helped to fund. Photo credit: HACKNEY TODAY/GARY MANHINE

More than £150,000 was raised through donations for the lights and other elements of the Make Hackney Sparkle Christmas campaign, which kicked-off in a special lights switch on event on Sunday 1st December.

Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Manager for Taylor Wimpey East London, says: “We were very saddened to hear there was a chance Hackney Council might not be able to provide Christmas lights this year due to Government cuts, so we were more than willing to lend our support to the Make Hackney Sparkle campaign.

“The Christmas lights have brought some real festive cheer to the borough and we are delighted to have played a part in making this happen.”

The generous financial contributions have enabled Hackney Council to put up Christmas decorations in some of the borough’s busiest streets, including Mare Street, Church Street and Stoke Newington High Street.

The decorations include five specially-designed Christmas trees, which have been created by local fashion designers and feature pom poms, cherries and even golden pineapples.

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:  “We are thrilled to have been able to decorate our borough with Christmas lights at no cost to our residents, thanks to the generous financial donations from our sponsors including Taylor Wimpey.  Community spirit is at the very core of Hackney and this campaign demonstrates what working in partnership can achieve."

Taylor Wimpey East London will be unveiling a high-quality collection of one, two and three-bedroom homes in Dalston, Hackney, in January. House-hunters can register their interest in Dalston Curve by calling 0203 697 3926.

Information on Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by calling 01277 280544 or by visiting