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Newham charity champion carries Olympic flame

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Newham charity champion carries Olympic flame

23rd July 2012
With just a few days to go until the Games kick off, today the Olympic flame travelled through the London Borough of Bromley, carried by the Director of a Newham homelessness charity.

Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House in Canning Town, took part in the latest leg of the UK torch relay.

There are just five days to go before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London on Friday for the opening Games ceremony.

The 59-year-old was nominated by a colleague at Anchor House, for his championing of the voluntary sector and provision of homelessness services in the London borough of Newham. He was one of 8,000 inspirational people to carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK.

Keith joined Anchor House in 2004 and over the last eight years his energy, boldness and absolute commitment to the plight of homeless people has made Anchor House a byword for best practice in the third sector, and an example of how the modern charity should operate.

Today, some 187 torchbearers carried the flame as it visited the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth on its third day in London and 66th overall. 

Keith passed the flame onto 4x100m Athens Olympic gold medallist Marlon Devonish, who took a lap of Crystal Palace stadium with the flame. 

Keith said “The torch has brought peace and unity to East London. It instils a fantastic sense of community and it was a privilege to be part of the Olympic games.”


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 220 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.