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Lama’s Pyjamas, the London Buddhist Centre’s charity shop, this week proudly launches its new website this week - with a fanfare of good news.
The shop contributed £56,000 (over €66,000 / USD 68,000) in dana to support the work of the LBC in 2016, a new young person will be joining the team come the spring, the premises are now aglow with new lighting and to top it all, this small Triratna Team-Based Right Livelihood business heads into 2017 as official runner up in the Time Out Love London Awards for ‘Best Shop in Bethnal Green’ - beaten only by the wonderful Columbia Road Flower Market.
The Time Out results are based on whoever gets the most public votes in a two-month-long competition. Venues first have to make it through to the shortlist in their category for their local area, all based on a popular vote. Then the online voting, which is open to all comers, determines the overall winners. As 2016 came to a close, a total of 124,000 Londoners voted for their favourite places.
Says Lama’s Pyjama’s manager Abhayanandi: “We’re delighted to have done so well when we are competing with so many great shops in places like Shoreditch and Brick Lane just down the road, let alone an internationally-known destination like Columbia Road Flower Market. Our customers and donors loved getting involved in the competition and we’re really grateful to them for taking the trouble to vote for us”.
Team member Sally Ramsden adds: “It all goes to show that it’s hard to compete with such well known flower power! We’re displaying our certificate, signed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, in our shop window and hope to do even better next year”.