In the early 1890s, shortly after George Dole sewed his first Pearly suit he was on his daily journey up to Covent Garden to buy his fruit and veg to sell, and passing the entrance to Great Ormond Street Hospital he decided to take a minor detour and find out about the work of this children's hospital and ever since that day the Pearlies of St.Pancras have raised fun and funds for this shiny pearl hidden within the streets of London.

Since opening in 1977, Rippledown Environmental Education Centre has welcomed over 40,000 young primary school children from Inner London and other parts of the South East. A visit to the centre gives a young child the opportunity to engage with the natural world, whilst also for many providing them with their first experience of being away from home.