•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.
For more details check out the website.
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
•A life-changer for Mike
Mike Joiner suffers from a rare and debilitating condition, Addison’s Disease. He needed to raise £2,000 to buy an electric wheelchair that would enable him to get out of his house and give him back some independence.
Alerted to Mike’s plight, one of our home visitors called on him, with the result that the Trust agreed to donate £1,000 towards the cost of the wheelchair. Mike was also encouraged to talk to the Herts Advertiser and this led to a news story in the paper. Within two weeks generous readers, moved by Mike’s predicament, had donated £l,420 towards his machine.
Mike is now riding around in his newly-purchased wheelchair and he has enough money left over to have alterations made to a storeroom near his front door to house the machine.
Mike’s comment was: ‘I can’t thank the Herts Advertiser and the Harpenden Trust enough for their help. To be able to get out and about again is a massive life-changer.’
Posted on Friday 2nd June 2017