Funds raised for Second World War memorial and hospice

Nearly �300 was collected during a street party to raise money for a memorial to the worst civilian disaster of the Second World War and an East End hospice. The money was raised during a raffle at Saturday s party in Cyprus Street, Bethnal Green. Half

Nearly �300 was collected during a street party to raise money for a memorial to the worst civilian disaster of the Second World War and an East End hospice.

The money was raised during a raffle at Saturday's party in Cyprus Street, Bethnal Green.

Half the money will go to the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, set up to raise money for a memorial in memory of the victims of the Bethnal Green tube disaster in 1943.

Three-hundred people were crushed, 173 of them died and over 90 were injured, following an anti-aircraft battery, which caused a crowd to surge forward in the stairway to the tube station, which was used as an air-raid shelter.

The fund has so far raised �185,000 and needs to raise �300,000 to get match funding for the memorial.