Vestry House Museum – the local history museum for Waltham Forest – has received a £5,000 cash injection from leading regeneration company, ENGIE, which will enhance its family activities programme and support the organisation to receive further valuable donations.

ENGIE is undertaking several regeneration and housing projects within Waltham Forest - which this year is the very first London Borough of Culture - and worked with the council to find a worthy local cause that would benefit from further investment.

As part of its commitment to the museum, one of the key improvements ENGIE is supporting as part of its donation is to install contactless donation terminals which will encourage those without change to still offer their support. The terminals will be installed later this year.

ENGIE has already bought children’s toys from Santa for the museum’s family day which took place in December. ENGIE’s donation will also be used to purchase museum snack bags for child visitors.

Dan Germann, Regional Managing Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “We live in a contactless world where people seldom carry cash, and this can make it incredibly difficult for organisations that rely heavily on public donations.

“Our contribution is aimed at getting behind the London Borough of Culture 2019, and committing to history, arts and culture by ensuring the visitor experience at Vestry House Museum is second to none.”

Cllr Paul Douglas, Junior Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Vestry House is a one of our area’s cultural treasures and I’m delighted that it will benefit from the generosity of ENGIE.”