University of Hertfordshire Students
Sports Studies students at the University of Hertfordshire were on the ball with their fundraising football match, which raised almost £200 for our work supporting carers.
The match was between students from the University and visitors from Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City, and was held on a cold day in March 2019.
It was organised by students in the second year of a Sports Studies course as part of their work and Leah Casali, one of the students who planned the fundraiser, said she was pleased with the result.
Hertford Rotary Club
We were delighted to have received a donation of £1,500 to support our work with young carers. Hertford Rotary Club donated the money, which was raised at this year’s Hertford Carnival, as we were one of the charities chosen to benefit from the profits and donations.
Pam Rutherford, the current Club President, presented a cheque to our new Charities and Trust Fundraiser Michelle Quantick recently.Pam said: “We are more than happy to support young carers. For most of us adults we were lucky to have a carefree childhood, but we know there are children who are not as fortunate, as they have a sick or disabled relative and often help care for them. We hope this donation will go a little way in helping you in the brilliant work that you do to give young carers support and fun.”
Michelle said: “Being a parent carer myself I see first-hand the impact on siblings of caring and being involved with the care of someone within their family. Young carers sometimes have their caring role overlooked and this money will be put to great use by our Young Carers Team ensuring these vulnerable children are identified and supported.Thank you to Hertford Rotary Club and everyone who attended the Hertford Carnival.”
Waitrose Stevenage and Northwood
Thank you to staff and customers from two Waitrose storesfor supporting us through the store’s Community Matters scheme.
We were delighted to have been chosen as one of the three charities being supported by the Stevenage store in July 2017 and as a result of the green token votes we received from shoppers we have recently received a cheque for £309. David Cadogan, our GP Liaison Worker, dropped into the store recently to collect the cheque.
We also received £270 thanks to support from staff and customers at the Northwood store in February 2017. Linda Cudmore our Community Fundraising Lead was presented the donation from Louise Laider, Assistant Section Manager Operations, and Anna-Maria Morris, the Charity Co-Ordinator.
Our Community Fundraising Lead Linda Cudmore said: “We are grateful to Waitrose and their shoppers for their support and recognition of the amazing work unpaid carers do. Every donation we receive helps us in our work identifying and supporting carers across Hertfordshire so they do not feel alone.”
Musicians Roxy Searle and BSV Jazz Band
Shoppers at The Galleria, Hatfield, were entertained with live music when we had an information stand and bucket collection at the centre.
Roxy Searle, a young adult carer and singer/songwriter, kicked off with a set on December 17th and was followed by the BSV Jazz Band, from St Albans.
Both acts put on a great performance and their efforts helped raise over £300 for our work supporting unpaid carers.
Grovehill Church of the Resurrection
We would like to thank Reverend Austin Janes and the congregation at the Grovehill Church of the Resurrection for their generous donation of £130. It is really encouraging to see that the church understands and values Carers in Hertfordshire and our work.
There are nearly 15,000 carers in the Dacorum District alone, so we have much more work to do in identifying and supporting more of them. We therefore plan to work together with the Church to identify more carers in their local community and congregation. This will ensure they know about all of our free support and advice.
Reverend Janes said: “Carers do such an amazing, self-giving job, that we wanted to give something back to them to support them in their role.”
High Wych Scottish Dancing Club
The festive spirit was flowing as High Wych Scottish Dancing Club held its Charity Christmas Party at High Wych Memorial Hall, near Sawbridgeworth, on December 6th 2016. More than 30 people from the club and neighbouring groups in Harlow and Bishop’s Stortford danced the night away.They enjoyed supper together and ran a raffle. Whilst having a lovely evening, they decided they wanted to support the work we do with children in a caring role and we are pleased to have received £100 toward our Young Carers Service!
Linda Cudmore, our Fundraising and Development Manager, said: " We are so pleased the High Wych Scottish Dancing Clu thought of our young carers when planning their Christmas Party. It just goes to show that you can have fun and help other at the same time. If you would like to take up Scottish dancing or make friends in the High Wych area please contact Linda Masters at for more information."
Steve Penstone-Smith and his family
We would like to send our thanks to a talented supporter and carer who transformed his front garden into a spooky Halloween display and has raised just over £1,700 for our work with young carers.
Steve Penstone-Smith and his family spent several weeks creating items for the creepy display at their Hatfield home. It featured a castle centrepiece, witches’ cauldron, dragon head coming out of a wall, skeletons and more.
Visitors could look around the display over the Halloween weekend and make a donation.
Professional prop designer Steve said: "I was delighted with the turnout and the generosity of people supporting our fundraising efforts for Carers in Hertfordshire. The charity has been amazing to my family. My wife is disabled and has MS and our three children have valued the support of the Young Carers Service. They raise money and take children in a caring role on days out and enable them to meet and make friends with other young carers.”
He continued: “Life is hard enough, but for a child with a parent or other relative who is ill or disabled the pressure on them can increase. They may not be able to do stuff that other children do – such as go out and play as often as they want, because they are caring or helping at home. That’s why it’s important that there are people and organisations like Carers in Hertfordshire out there for unpaid carers of all ages to speak to when they need advice or assistance.”
The Hertford Club and Pat Crilly
Thanks to local Musician Pat Crilly and The Hertford Club hosting two music events this summer funds to support our work with unpaid carers have been boosted to the tune of £2,000!
The Hertford Club generously donated £500 from takings at the two events they hosted - K-fest and the Musical Mystery Tour and Pat, who organised and performed at the events, helped raise the rest through collections and raffles.
Pat said: “I have been touched to hear about all the hard work unpaid carers do across the county. I especially was shocked to hear that Carers in Hertfordshire is supporting children as young as six. I hope my small contribution will help them cope better.”
It all adds up to make a BIG difference!
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