Wednesday January 14, 2015
Known to her friends as ‘Kimi’, Kimikawa de Castro was a long-standing Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Saint Stephen’s Avenue and surrounding streets and a member of the Shepherds Bush Green SNT ward panel.
Sadly she passed away very suddenly on June 15, 2014. Kimi was a business consultant who ran her own company and social enterprise, and continually fought for better public safety and to influence policing in the area.
She was a passionate advocate for women’s rights, a mentor to young people and an enthusiastic supporter of the community. Kimi was born in the UK but spent most of her childhood in Jamaica. She returned to the UK to work and study, and moved into Shepherds Bush in 1995.
She lived locally long enough to know the area ‘warts and all’; she recognised that the changes over recent years were mostly for the good but had the life experience to see where people were coming from and the wisdom to know the true value of ‘community’.
In recognition, Hammersmith & Fulham Neighbourhood Watch has funded a small memorial bench in Godolphin Community Gardens, close to her former address. An informal dedication event took place on November 5, attended by about 15 family and friends (including her sister who flew in from Canada). Hammersmith Community Gardens Association kindly provided tea and cakes.