It's called Kitty’s Launderette, in honour of Kitty Wilkinson, who was instrumental in establishing the UK's first public wash house in 1842 in the same neighbourhood, in the wake of a cholera epidemic. Kitty's will provide affordable washing and drying facilities while providing a warm, welcoming space for a variety of social and creative activities, from film screenings and local history groups, to crafts and ironing clubs. Kitty's will also be serving up coffee, conversation and free Wi-Fi for all.
Our members agreed to chip in £500 towards the cost of refurbishing and fitting out the premises. Kitty's organiser Grace Harrison has promised to name one the machines 'Worker Coop Solidarity Fund' in return.