•Christmas Appeal 2017
The Harpenden Trust’s 2017 Christmas Appeal raised the magnificent sum of £53,000 with Gift Aid.
The Trust is very grateful to the people of Harpenden for their fantastic support in these difficult times. By digging deep into your pockets you have given us more than half the funds we need annually to help local people in need.
However, those needs are not always financial; loneliness is an increasing problem as our population ages. We are always keen to welcome volunteers who, for example, might become befrienders and offer some company to those who may be elderly and alone. You could also help at the twice-weekly coffee mornings, or support the Trust in many other ways.
Meanwhile, thanks also go to all our area organisers, collectors and everyone who helps with the Christmas Appeal. Without your hard work we would not be able to raise these funds.
A piece of history: when the Christmas Appeal was first held in 1952 it raised the princely sum of £302.16.10!
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Posted on Tuesday 13th February 2018
•Sunday Club, St. Nicholas Church
The children of the Sunday Club at St. Nicholas Church, Harpenden, have chosen the Harpenden Trust as their charity for this term, and they will donate their weekly collection to helping those in the town less fortunate than themselves.
To get their choice off to a good start, the chairman of the Trust, Cedric Kennedy, was invited by the club leaders to pop into the church hall in January to talk about the work of the Trust, which celebrates its 70th anniversary later this year.
The talks were well received and there were some interesting questions from the young people.
These pictures were supplied by the Harpenden Photographic Society.
Posted on Thursday 11th January 2018
•Bags of Help in Harpenden
Harpenden Trust volunteers, Jill Cohen (left) and Di McCurley, pictured well into the task of preparing 160 parcels for those in Harpenden who were unable to get out, or who may be alone at Christmas time. Jill and Diana then joined an army of volunteers who delivered the parcels, filled with groceries and treats sourced from the Waitrose branch in the town.
“It is not just what is in the parcel that people like – they also love the chance for a chat”, a Trust spokesman said. “We get a lot of pleasure from just being there to listen, and it is nice to be able to go back year after year to help bring some cheer to those who might be lonely”.
The Harpenden Trust has just completed its annual Christmas Appeal, the proceeds of which go to the Trust’s Care Fund which, in turn, supports families and individuals in need in the AL5 postal district. The total budget for this work for the year ending in March 2018 is around £80,000.
Posted on Thursday 11th January 2018
•Christmas Appeal over
The Christmas Appeal has now ended, and thousands of the familiar purple and yellow envelopes have been collected from all corners of the town!
The Trust offers everyone who donated a genuine thank you! And a huge thank you, too, to the 200-plus volunteers who took part in the delivery and later collection of the envelopes.
Last year’s appeal raised more than £50,000 (including the valuable Gift Aid which allows the Trust to reclaim from the government 25% of whatever you put into the envelope). First indications are that the people of Harpenden have been their legendary generous selves again.
The money raised is used by the Trust’s Care Fund to support those less well off in many, many ways.
If you’ve still got the filled envelope, you can drop it off at the Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road, at Barclays Bank in the High Street, or at Jelleys Meats in Southdown.
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Posted on Monday 18th December 2017
•Trust Centre gets a Defibrillator
A defibrillator has been installed on the outside wall of the Trust Centre, thanks to a gift from Rotary. Defibrillators are emergency life saving equipment, delivering an electric current to the heart in life-threatening cardiac conditions and available 24 hours a day.
Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy, speaking at the installation ceremony, welcomed the opportunity to have the machine outside the Centre. ‘It gives further support to the community, which is the Trust’s aim’, he said.
The funds for the defibrillator were donated by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation, to mark its 100th anniversary. It was installed by Rotary District 1260, which governs Rotary Clubs in Beds, Herts and Bucks. Harpenden Village Rotary Club made the presentation.
Harpenden Town Mayor, Rosemary Farmer, receives the defibrillator on behalf of the community from Rotary Club President, Brian Grant. Also pictured are, from the left, Rotary Club Community Chairman, Roy Brimblecombe; Rotary District Governor, Chalmers Cursley; and Harpenden Trust Chairman, Cedric Kennedy.
Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017