Elizabeth Taylor helped revive Hackney youth club

Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Screen legend, AIDS activist and renowned philanthropist Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 79.  Taylor who had been besieged with health problems for decades, died of congestive heart failure at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

One of  the many causes she supported was The Pedro Youth Club, based in Hackney and one of London’s oldest functioning youth clubs, originally started in 1929 by Katharine Elliot, who later became Baroness Elliot of Harwood.

Elizabeth Taylor at the re-opening of Pedro Club in July 1969

Elizabeth Taylor’s association with the club was a result of her childhood friendship with one of the patrons, and helped raise money for its rebuilding. In 1965, she and her then husband Richard Burton, held a gala premiere for their film The Sandpiper, in Leicester Square to raise £5000 for re-building costs.  In 1969 They attended the opening of the club in Rushmore Road, Clapton where she was the vice-president for many years before she became on of it’s patrons.

A programme from the gala held to raise money for Pedro Youth Club

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