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Homeless artistic endeavours

20th April 2012
On 29th April 2012, former boxing champion Barry McGuigan MBE will be joining singers from top City firms and schools to showcase their talent at Sadler’s Wells in a night of entertainment to raise funds and awareness for Catholic charity Anchor House and their Home and Hope Appeal.

The Appeal aims to transform Anchor House, an award-winning residential and life skills centre for homeless people, into a 21st century facility and fit-for-purpose complex to enable them to continue to turn around the lives of East London’s homeless.

As well as an appearance by the Anchor House residents’ choir, the event will feature the National Symphony Orchestra; choirs from Allen & Overy LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, The Financial Times and Royal Bank of Canada; as well as pupils from 4 city schools: Stepney Greencoat Primary School, Sir John Cass Primary School, Christchurch CofE Primary School and Haggerston School.

Performances will include O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, as well as original pieces written by the Anchor House choir - Forever Yours, One Day, and the Anchor House Anthem. Also, Anchor House Patron Barry McGuigan MBE will be performing with his band on the night.

For tickets, buy online at or telephone Sadler’s Wells box office: 0844 412 4300

Anchor House has also embarked on a joint venture with people from the corporate, charity and film industry world to create a short film called The Truth About Stanley which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an old Congolese man and a young runaway living rough on the streets. It is a story about friendship, loss, and the way in which we choose to deal with personal trauma. For Stanley, what he lacks in material possessions, he makes up for with his vivid imagination and an insatiable desire to tell stories.

This unique film, which premiered at the Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch on April 2nd 2012, stars award-winning Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo and 12-year-old British actor Raif Clarke and has been described by one critic as the ‘21st -century Cathy Come Home’. We hope that the film will achieve 1 million views across a number of platforms, so please take a look and help spread the word.

The short film funded by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is by award-winning director Lucy Tcherniak, produced in association with Trademark Films. Just about everyone involved gave their time for free, including Radiohead and Mumford and Sons who contributed to the soundtrack of the film.

Producer, Tom Clark, says “It’s been quite a weird mix, with film-makers, corporate sponsors and charities all on board, but everyone has been very driven to help raise the profile of homelessness. I hope this film will give people the nudge they need to think about how we solve this problem.”

Anchor House Director, Keith Fernett, says, “We need to dispell the stigma surrounding homelessness and this film could very well be a powerful tool. People need to realise that despite who we are or where we started out in life, anyone of us could be at risk of being homeless.”

"We are very grateful to be part of this project and for all of the support being given to our charity.”

All money raised from the film will go to Anchor House and The Big Issue Foundation. Donations can be made via our Just Giving page.

The film can be viewed here


Jazmine Sandison, Marketing and Communications
Anchor House 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062


Anchor House (registered charity name The London Inter-Diocesan Apostleship of the Sea; charity number 253669) is an award-winning residential and life skills centre based in Canning Town, situated in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in the country. Anchor House supports up to 180
people a year by providing them with a stable and safe environment, helping them to develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem and enabling them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Residents sign an out of homelessness contract and the root causes of homelessness are addressed through training, education and personal rehabilitation. The £9.3m Home and Hope Appeal has been launched to ensure the charity’s lasting legacy continues and by 2013, Anchor House will provide top quality accommodation, training and personal development to give its residents the best chance to find a job and a home. Anchor House’s patrons include Barry McGuigan MBE, Jeremy Paxman, The Most Revd Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster, The Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe PC and Barbara Windsor MBE.


Anchor House choir

Choir made up of residents from homeless charity Anchor House

Still from The Truth About Stanley

 Oliver Litondo and 12-year-old British actor Raif Clarke on set filming The Truth About Stanley