•Young Enterprise Award
The Harpenden Trust Community Fund, which supports many organisations in the town with grants totalling around £80,000 annually, was delighted to receive a sponsor’s award from Young Enterprise, which it has been pleased to support for the last nine years.
Young Enterprise has the aim of training young people in business, and this year Sir John Lawes school entered two teams in the St. Albans and Harpenden local area final.
Trust volunteer Steve Pryor received the award (pictured below) on behalf of the Trust.
Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018
•Greenway Spinney - Pleased to help
The Harpenden Trust is pleased to have again been able to support the hugely hardworking volunteers at the Greenway Spinney as they continue to improve the area. The pictures show how pathways are being added through the spinney – particularly lovely in the springtime!
The Trust’s 2018 support, the sum of £1,250 from the Community Fund, is for the materials to complete the task; it follows grants of £500 in 2009 towards planting, £500 in 2015 to replant a hedgerow, £867.80 for the cost of materials to begin the path, and the latest grant of £1,250 for materials to complete the work.
The Trust says: “We are very pleased to help them as their volunteers are so dedicated and do all the work themselves”. A Trust plaque is displayed on the site.
Posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018
•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