•Care Fund News
This month the Trust has supported 80 Harpenden pensioners with generous contributions to their utility bills, totalling approximately £20,000. This money comes from the Trust’s Care Fund and every year a similar amount of money is earmarked for allocating in this way. With rising fuel bills and budgets under strain, it is no surprise that our busy utilities team receives lots of requests for financial assistance.
If you know a pensioner who struggles to pay their household bills, please do let us know and we will see what we can do to support them. Contact our office on 01582 460457 between 10.00am – 12noon on weekdays, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Monday 11th March 2019
•Lea Springs Pantomime
The Trust was delighted to support a new initiative at Lea Springs recently, giving a contribution towards the cost of putting on a pantomime which, in turn, raised money for an outing. The pantomime was a wonderful success, bringing the Lea Springs community together and raising £600 for a barge trip in the summer. Oh yes they did!
The residents who met to organise the pantomime really enjoyed doing so and continue to meet up socially, which shows what a successful project it was in more ways than one. Pictured below is the cast in their stylish costumes.
Posted on Wednesday 20th February 2019
The Trust’s Christmas Parcels team have been busy shopping and assembling 157 parcels, each containing 14 items, for our volunteers to deliver to some very grateful Harpenden residents. Each parcel contains seasonal items such as a Christmas pudding and mince pies, as well as essential goods including soup, biscuits, coffee and soap. Our volunteer deliverers are often greeted with a friendly welcome and a chat, and can help to brighten up a lonely person’s day.
This is one of the wonderful initiatives that your donations to our Christmas Appeal go towards.
Posted on Saturday 15th December 2018
•SAD DEATH OF CHAIRMAN CEDRIC KENNEDY
Cedric Kennedy, chairman of the Harpenden Trust, died peacefully late last week in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
Cedric joined the Harpenden Trust in 2015 and immediately put his skills in the wider financial field to work for the benefit of the Trust. When he became chairman in 2017 he committed to moving the organisation forward so that it became more involving and informed for the volunteers. He worked tirelessly for the Trust, even when his treatment was at its most difficult, and last week he was still working for its continuing success.
It was the volunteers whom he particularly praised when he thanked them at a celebration of the Trust’s 70th anniversary on 31st October, and again when he appeared on Verulam Radio, and then live on BBC Three Counties Radio in early November.
His commitment to Harpenden – he was also an active Past President of the Harpenden Village Rotary Club – and to the Trust he was proud to lead for too short a time, gave no indication of how ill he had been. To those who worked with him, he rarely gave even a hint that he was not well, which is why his untimely death leaves the Trust and the community a poorer place.
Posted on Monday 26th November 2018
•Birthday book could also make a Christmas gift
’70 Not Out’ could be a good description of the NHS. In reality it is the title of a new book about the Harpenden Trust which, in October 2018, celebrated its 70th birthday with a reception to thank the 120 plus volunteers who keep the wheels turning.
’70 Not Out’ follows the publication of ‘A Lifeboat Moored in Harpenden’, written by former chairman Reg Davis at the time of the Trust’s 50th Anniversary. That book covered the years to 1990. The new book, by local author and writer Pamela Mann, picks up the story from then and, interspersed with recollections from former chairmen, covers the past 18 years. And what a story it is.
Charting the way the Trust has adapted to the changing needs of families and individuals and taken advantage of opportunities to expand its role, the book explains why the Trust converted to a limited company; how, in the year of its 60th anniversary, it came to earn the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and how receipt of the Abbeyfield Benefaction enabled it to extend its help to local community groups.
Readers will be left in no doubt that the Trust’s slogan ‘Helping Harpenden People in Need’, is as valid today as it was in 1948. The book, together with a free copy of the reprinted earlier story, is available for £5 at the Trust Centre in Southdown Road, News 4U newsagent in Station Road and the Town Council offices in Leyton Road, Harpenden.
Posted on Sunday 4th November 2018