Make Christmas special for residents of Brigstock and Stonebridge House, CR7

Help us to get 80 men, 80 women toiletries gift packs / vouchers and 40 children’s art and craft packs!

Hope you’re well and safe! Like previous years, we are trying to make it a little special for refugee families and residents at Brigstock and Stonebridge House. Here is what we did:

This year, we aim to get:

  • 80 men, 80 women and 40 children gift packs
  • £5 vouchers Tesco, Poundland, Costa
  • Fund to buy pizza from Fireaway at 3pm 23rd and 24th Dec. Depend on funding, I hope we can get 20 pizza each day. Mario is always keen to support us and give us a huge discount but this year, we would love to be able to buy from him. He has done so much and support holiday school meal recently as well.

Online donation:

Due to the current situation, we accept online donations to minimise contact

£5 will help us to buy one gift pack

£7 will buy one Margarita pizza

Follow the Secure Donation Form on this page!

  • Online donations will be collected by Antehc Productions -  Chetna Kapacee our volunteer since 2018.
  • Deadline to donate is 22nd December 2020. We will publish donation and spending details in January 2021.
  • Paypal charges a transaction fee for every donation. Eg: 45p is taken off a £5 donation. Free Art will cover this cost.

Gift packs and vouchers donation:

For toiletries and vouchers drop off, please contact Mitra Djalili or email

  • Gift packs to be individually wrapped so they are easily identifiable and quarantined for 3 days in a small box before drop off
  • Please wrap in either clear cellophane or if in paper: blue for men and and pink / red for women
  • Toiletry items wanted: deodorant and moisturiser. Good quality shower gels and shampoo / conditioner
  • Toys to be new, wrapped and labelled for which age it is appropriate. For example: Boy / Girl, 2-3 years...

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for joining us and making it happen! Every year we made it bigger and better but 2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us. We all have our own problems but it doesn’t mean we can’t come together and help others.


We are open for collaborations!

Drop us a line:


Make Christmas special for residents of Brigstock and Stonebridge House, CR7 Help us to get 80 men, 80 women toiletries gift packs / vouchers and 40 children’s art and craft packs! Hope you’re well and safe! Like previous years, we are trying to make it a little...

Looking forward to 2021

Remember the card we did last year? The children and I designed the lightning poem: “2020 will bring you plenty” (see below). It certainly did for all of us. A lot more than what we asked for. This year I have teamed up with cubs from The Croydon 44th Air...

Free Art Workshop

ART PROJECT FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN AT BRIGSTOCK HOUSE, THORNTON HEATH CR7 Starting from September 11th, 2017 to 23th March 2020, Free Art run a weekly art and craft session from 10am -11am at Brigstock House, Thornton Heath. All sessions are run by volunteers with great...

Thornton Heath Art Trail

Shameless plug: check out number 6 Ambassador House forecourt, 11 Peacock mural, 14 Footbridge on the map!

Black Lives Matter Thornton Heath stands with Black Lives Matter 11am Saturday 20th June 2020Ambassador House, CR7 7JG A small scale event which will demonstrate this communities support and show the importance of...

Poem and artwork by Year 5 – Ecclesbourne Primary School

In February 2020, I had a chance to work with year 5 students at Ecclesbourne Primary school. We had 2 sessions on 2 Thursday afternoons. We read some books and I did a small presentation about refugees. The children then composed a poem about...

Reimagining Croydon Subways

Croydon Council opened an ideas competition in December 2019 to improve the subway in Croydon town centre. We put in an application and got shortlisted in the non-professional category. Hurray!!! Here are our ideas on showcase by Fairfield Hall in February...


HOW WE DID IT! It is amazing how we did it and I still can't believe we did it! In September I have nothing but eagerness then Louise and Paul from the Salvation Army came onboard and gave us the hall for free. Ian McMeeken - the famous Santa Claus of...

Funky novelty board at Grangewood Park

That board! The one we all once or twice in our life poke our head in to take picture but never know what that call.We recently painted one at Grangewood Park. One side is for the fantastic Halloween event Spooktacular we have every year and the other side...

A nice walk to school Sometimes you start doing something and you think "s*** why did I do this!?!" It was my feeling the first morning we started painting Bensham Manor and Gillet Road footbridge. A pile of vomit greeted us in the middle of the...

Ambassador House Murals

In February 2019, Vân Dang was chosen by Croydon Council to work on the front walls of Ambassador House's forecourt, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JG. There was a workshop - part of the CR7 Square's project - at the old Weatherspoon Flora Sanders on Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to gather...


Thank you everyone who took your time to bake cakes and donated presents! We had our refugee week party this morning at Croydon Refugee Centre. The children enjoyed the dressing up, face paint, making the mask and especially the duck "fishing" and taking part in the...


Thank you everyone from Streatham Mums's network, Thornton Heath Community Action Team, Chetna from CR7 Culture, Mitra, Averil and Alicia from TFL and many others for your time, your kindness and your generous donations to put smiles on the children's faces....

Shree Sakthy Ghanapathy Temple’s mural project

Vân Dang is commissioned by Croydon Council to design and paint a mural at Ghanapathy Temple on Brigstock Road, CR7 7JJ. The Public Consultation Day was on 6th October 2018. 102 people voted for their favourite design, choosing one in the 3 proposed design. The online...

Banners on Melfort Road, CR7

In October 2018, as part of Thornton Heath Community Action Team's Street Project, artist Samantha Warren led a project creating 10 street banners along Melfort Road in south London.Two of the banners chosen were from Free Art. The artworks included hand...


Following the success of Christmas Party, Brigstock House is going to organise a party on Friday 22nd June for Refugee Week 2018. Donations would be gratefully received of: Fresh fruit (grapes and strawberries): please drop off at Brigstock House 78-86 Brigstock Road,...


On Thursday 21st December 2017, Brigstock House organised a get together from 3 - 5pm. Donation of party food and especially fresh fruit are welcomed. If you would like to donate toys and presents please email to arrange a collectionFrom my...

We are open for collaborations and new projects! Drop us a line:

Supported by