Girls join emergency crews

August 22, 2008

The emergency services answered the call of a Stamford Hill summer scheme for over 400 girls aged from five to 11.

Organisers of the S Pinter Youth Project invited representatives of the local police, fire and ambulance services to give an insight into their work - and to bring along their emergency vehicles. And the girls were dressed up for the occasion as Asda donated police, army and nurse uniforms, plus medical play kits.

Malki Just, 10, said she "loved going into the fire engine and seeing all the equipment". Among the invited onlookers was Lady Jakobovits who, paying tribute to the project's staff and volunteers, added: "Despite the constant rain, the girls' spirits were uplifting." Also present was Hackney councillor Linda Kelly, who said that "wonderful initiatives such as this promote cohesion".

As well as seasonal schemes, the project runs an after-school club, offering homework assistance and cookery, arts and crafts and sporting activities.

Last updated: 10:09am, August 27 2008