Charity Shop Auction


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Charity Shops have a great role on our high streets, it was incredibly important for me that they would play a role on The Tower of Babel. From the outset of this project my intention was to record a variety of charity shops and that those buildings should be auctioned and the proceeds should go to the individual charities. I wanted to outline what some of these charities do and why I chose some of these buildings in particular.

The charity auction has been kindly hosted by Please follow the link to make your bid. The auction will finish on the 31st October.

British Heart Foundation

I picked buildings for many different reasons it may even be something as small as something in the windows - I love the washing hanging up in the window on the top left. Each area of London has such a fascinating history. Lewisham is most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary's Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. As to the etymology of the name, Daniel Lysons (1796) wrote:
"In the most ancient Saxon records this place is called Levesham, that is, the house among the meadows; leswe, læs, læse, or læsew, in the Saxon, signifies a meadow, and ham, a dwelling. A Latin legal record, dated 1440, mentions a place in Kent as Levesham which may refer to Lewisham. It is now written, as well in parochial and other records as in common usage, Lewisham.


Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.
Mind believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. This particular Mind Charity shop is notable for the composition of windows above the shop. It makes one wonder of the inside layout of the flats above. The A4 printouts of ‘stock wanted’ are also fantastic.


Now celebrating 60 years Sense are a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments.
This area of Lea Bridge road East London has had a face lift due to Olympic funding. It looks all the better for it. This was taken during the face lift shortly after they had finished.

Sue Ryder

We find Sue Ryder provides incredible hospice and neurological care.
Walthamstow Market is the longest outdoor daily market in Europe, stretching the length of it’s high st.

Age UK

Love the pink on this building on Camden High St. Often an overlooked group in society I am very happy to have included this charity in The Tower, it is always very easy to live in the moment and ignore the fact that we are all getting older everyday and our society as a whole is getting older, long may this charity thrive.


We find ourselves on the outskirts of North East London. Wanstead.
With 2 young children this charity is close to my heart supporting abused, vulnerable and neglected children. Every child is so special they deserve the best chance they can get.

Cancer Research

Cancer Research have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Over the past century, there researchers have made consistent progress in the fight against cancer, and survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. We find this charity shop on High St Kensington - the swankier end of town with a fittingly smart building to go with it!


I didn’t know Fara before doing this project but there is something about the branding that makes them not look like your run of the mill charity shop. Providing a loving family life for some of Romania's most vulnerable and neglected children. Their vision is of a world in which all children and young people, whatever their social status, ethnicity or religion, grow up with freedom and dignity in a loving, protective environment.

Nightingale Cancer Support

Nightingale Cancer Support Charity help so many people during cancer and they have helped countless carers and families through a difficult and traumatic time. Thank you Nightingale I don’t know what we would all do without you.

North London Hospice

Dotted all over North London I found charity shops from the North London Hospice - caring for local people since 1984. We help those with a potentially life-limiting illness who have specialist needs. Care is provided to help them physically, emotionally and spiritually. We try to help our patients live life to the full despite their illness. We treat people as individuals and respect their personal beliefs, lifestyle and culture. The Hospice is multi-faith and welcomes patients from all faiths and communities. A real London charity looking after local people.


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 137Let’s stay in Wimbledon, men’s final. Charity shop @Oxfam today. There are around 20 charity shops in The Tower, each will be auctioned with proceeds going to the individual charity.
The mighty Oxfam helping people across the globe, I chose the one in Wimbledon because it really had lovely plaster work around the columns and the oval woodwork on the windows is very beautiful. A very well considered building all round.


This Scope in Peckham is great you can really date it to November 2014. The card in the window says 'Christmas cards now in’. Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, they’ll be there - and hopefully in Peckham.

St John's Hospice

A very local charity here. St John’s Hospice, an independent charity located within the Hospital of St John’s and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood, provides specialised palliative care to more than 3,000 terminally-ill patients and their families every year.

Save the Children

Helping children all around the World, need i say more? Such a great charity doing amazing work. I particularly liked this one in Hendon because of the brickwork in the arches above the first floor windows. Beautifully simple attention to detail.


A charity more pertinent now than ever, Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and they campaign to prevent it in the first place. The Tower explores the mammoth rich/poor divide in our capital city and this charity really does help those in need.


TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption. An antidote to our endless consumption.

Islamic Relief

Close to my home down Hoe St an ever changing and developing road in Walthamstow is Islamic Relief. They strive to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases worldwide without regard to colour, race or creed and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner.

Islamic Relief's view is that relief, as important as it is, is only the beginning. Giving people the confidence to participate in their own development and to secure their own future without the need for continuing external assistance is the ultimate goal.

The Children's Air Ambulance

The Children's Air Ambulance is an air ambulance charity that transfers critically ill children from local hospitals to specialist paediatric centres. It also moves specialist teams to local hospitals when a child is too sick to travel. It operates mainly in England, but has also flown missions in Wales and Scotland. It was founded in 2005 and has been run by The Air Ambulance Service charity since 2011.

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Once again a great charity attending to a vital need. The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy aims to inspire children with cerebral palsy to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. It will strive towards its vision by developing and maintaining a reputation as a centre of excellence which delivers high quality, pioneering, specialist education services to children with cerebral palsy and their families from across the London region.