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Earls Court plans to generate 'thousands of jobs'

Developers at Earl Court are planning to create a village with around 7,500 new homes as well as new office spaces set to generate up to 12,000 new jobs, according to Terry Farrell and Partners in charge of the 'Earls Court Masterplan'.

What Earls Court is expected to look like after redevelopement. The Lost River Park. Credit: My Earls Court
Earls Court Village, view of Empress Crescent. Credit: My Earls Court

'Community will be destroyed' over Earls Court plans

Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Stephen Knight and former Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Brian Paddick have disagreed with Boris Johnson's approval of demolition plans over Earls Court.

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Earls Court development 'massive boost' for London

London Mayor Boris Johnson is 'ambushed' by campaigners protesting against the redevelopment of Earls Court. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

London mayor Boris Johnson has said he was "acutely aware of the concerns" some residents had over the redevelopment of Earls Court in west London, which sets to demolish the iconic exhibition centre.

According to the BBC, Mr Johnson said: "I'm in no doubt that the development will provide a massive boost not just to this part of the capital, but to London's wider economy as well."

Labour 'disappointed' over Earls Court demolition

Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley has said he is "disappointed" after plans to demolish two estates and Earls Court Exhibition Centre in west London were approved.

Earls Court demolition plan approved for new homes

Earls Court venue to be torn down. Credit: William Conran/PA Archive

Plans for a 77-acre redevelopment in Earls Court and West Kensington have been approved by the Mayor.

The Earls Court Exhibition Centre in west London is to be demolished to make way for thousands of new homes.

Developers want to create four “villages” and a “high street” and say the plans will create 7,500 homes and thousands of permanent jobs.

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Mixed race communities 'hold the key' to saving Sonia's life

Beverley De-Gale OBE, the co-founder of the bone marrow and blood donation charity ACLT, says:

"Sonia is under no illusions having experienced heartbreak, seeing her mother increasingly debilitated from leukaemia.....

"....A bone marrow transplant represents the greatest chance now for her and her family not having to suffer the consequence of her mother a little over a year ago.

"If you share any of Sonia's racial hertiage, I urge you to contact the ACLT to register as a bone marrow donor or to attend our forthcoming bone marrow recruitment drives being held in Shepherds Bush and Notting Hill on February 26th and March 2nd respectively, in Sonia's name.

"Sonia needs an unrelated bone marrow donor NOW and the black, Indian, Chinese and mixed race communities hold the key to help Sonia beat the disease and most importantly to save her life.

"It's Sonia today, but tomorrow Sonia could be someone you know and love dearly and so please take the time to think seriously about completing a short application and giving a small saliva or blood sample to see if you could save Sonia's life."

Appeal for mixed race donors to come forward

For a bone marrow donation to be successful, it must come from someone with the same ethnic origin as the patient.

But Sonia's ethnicity is a combination of White (UK), Chinese, Black (Caribbean) and Indian - so her chances of finding a donor are dramatically lower than they might be otherwise.

She's now appealing directly to members of Britain's BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community for help - urging them to sign up to the Bone Marrow Registry.

Working with the ACLT, a charity dedicated to promoting bone marrow and blood donation, she is holding the following registration drives across London:

Tuesday 26th February, 2-8pm

Shepherds Bar, Shepherds Building, Charecroft Way, London, W14 0DA

Saturday 2nd March, 11-5pm

The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, Ladbroke Grove, London, W11 2AY

In particular, she is appealing for people of her own rich heritage - White (UK), Chinese, Black (Caribbean) and Indian - aged 16 – 49, to come forward.

Chance of finding donor is only one in 100,000

Sonia Akow needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Credit: ACLT

Losing your mother to leukaemia is devastating enough, but imagine the impact of being diagnosed with the same condition, just one year after her death.

That's the situation facing 42-year-old music publicist Sonia Akow from Earl's Court.

She was diagnosed with the disease in November and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

But because of her mixed heritage, her situation is even more desperate: her chance of finding a suitable donor is only 1 in 100,000.

If she were white British, it would be 1 in 4.

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