Wanstead cares

510A9820-1-1©Dan Clarke

Dan Clarke has produced a photo book documenting Wanstead’s creative window displays

I’ve been amazed by the huge effort people have made to create window displays and wanted to document this in the form of a book. Just think how many smiles your bears or rainbows have brought to people who might not be having the best day.

I know so many children have enjoyed not only seeing the displays on their walks but making the displays themselves and being creative. They should be very proud of themselves for sharing happiness! I wanted to document this and the community spirit being generated throughout this time in Wanstead. I feel it’s important to record the positive aspects of this time we’re living through, and it will provide a nice memory for the children who have created displays.

The book is available to pre-order, with at least £5 from each sale going to the Wanstead Community Hub, which supports a number of foodbanks and initiatives as well as NHS frontline staff working on COVID-19 wards. The project provides fresh fruit, snacks and pamper bags to several big hospitals for use in their ‘wobble’ rooms, a safe space for staff to escape and have some essential downtime.

To get the money to the frontline workers as soon as possible, we are using a pre-order system, so you will receive your copy once printed, which should be mid-June when I have liaised with the printers and it can all be done safely. I would also like to find some local shops to stock the book, so please get in touch if you can help with that.

To order a copy of Wanstead Cares (£15), visit wnstd.com/cares. To contact Dan, email hello@thedanclarke.co.uk