Charity reimagined: The gift of imagination

As a poor neighbourhood child growing up without many toys, Ken would often sneak into his school hall in the afternoons and pretend to play the piano. Trying to make sense of all the random sounds from the keyboard, he still remembers the burst of elation when somehow the jumbled keys produced a familiar chorus: the old Beatles tune, Imagine.

There was no cool intro or chord progression; he didn't really know what he was singing about; but the song's invitation to imagine a more hopeful future was fascinating and empowering to a wide-eyed, dreaming child.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Charity reimagined: The gift of imagination'. Print Edition | Subscribe