•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
•Changes at the top
We have a new President…
Teresa (Terry) Heritage has been elected President of the Harpenden Trust. She succeeds Susan Fairbairn who has been our President for the past eight years.
Teresa has served the Trust as a non-executive director for eight years. She brings to the role of President wide experience of the Harpenden community through her work as a Herts County Councillor and District Councillor.
‘I am passionate about the community of Harpenden,’ says Terry. ‘During my tenure as a non-executive director of the Trust, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of caring and compassion shown by so many residents and I am privileged to become President.’
‘During the last four years I have co-founded two community projects – Southdown Play Areas Working Group and The Harpenden Hopper (the community bus) – and it was the Trust who provided mentoring and funding to get these projects off the ground.’
We are pleased to add that our retiring President, whose father was Founding President in 1948, is stepping down in title only. Susan Fairbairn will still represent the Trust at functions and events, give talks about the Trust to local organisations and attend meetings of Trust teams. In recognition of her continuing and much valued work she has been given the title of President Emeritus.
…and a change of Chairman
The role of Trust Chairman has changed hands too. Graham Westwell, who has held the post for the past four years, has retired though he will remain an executive director until the Trust’s AGM in October.
During Graham’s tenure the Trust has taken a more proactive role in the community, encouraged the development of closer links with other organisations, participated in two Town Mayor’s charitable years of events and seen grants from the Community Fund rise markedly.
At the same time he has overseen an increase in the Care Fund’s spend on individuals and families. Much of this stems from his achievements while chairman of the Christmas Appeal. In the twelve years since he took on that role the amount raised each year has risen from £12,000 in 2005 to a remarkable £50,000 in 2016.
Graham’s successor is Cedric Kennedy, who joined the Trust’s board as a non-executive director in 2015. A long-time resident of Harpenden, Cedric spent his working life in the City and is married to Lynn. He is a past-president of Harpenden Village Rotary Club, where he is still active, and he also has a role at the District level of Rotary. He will take up his new post on 31st March 2017.
Posted on Friday 17th March 2017
•Volunteers to get long service recognition
Seven Trust volunteers, who have each given more than 20 years’ service to the Trust, have been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their ‘enthusiasm, experience and dedication’.
The seven are: Stella Owen, Joan Jennings, Judith Halsey, Michael Snowden, Doreen Campfield, Sally Ramshaw and Angela Favell.
Posted on Thursday 3rd November 2016