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Helping Herts charity donates over £180,000 to Citizens Advice and hospices in Hertfordshire



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The Bishop's Stortford-based charity Helping Herts has handed over more than £180,000 to Citizens Advice and hospices in the county.

The cash was generated by a combination of fun activities and events, including a walk the length of Hertfordshire's boundary, a digital colouring book, and corporate and direct donations.

In all, £202,196 was raised in 2021, despite the fact that Helping Herts was not set up until May last year. It was established by Stortford's Rotary Club of Stort Valley to celebrate and support charities in the county.

Helping Herts duo Jim Tatchell, centre, and Gordon Morrison with representatives of Hertfordshire Hospices and Hertfordshire Citizens Advice
Helping Herts duo Jim Tatchell, centre, and Gordon Morrison with representatives of Hertfordshire Hospices and Hertfordshire Citizens Advice

Hertfordshire Citizens Advice received £118,104, which it will use to help people with issues such as debt, managing increases in the cost of living, benefits, housing and employment. The charity provides free, confidential and independent advice and support, and receives no national funding, so it relies on support from councils, trusts, foundations and the community.

Hertfordshire Hospices, which includes East Herts' Isabel Hospice, received £63,672. They provide free, compassionate care and support to adults and children living with a life-limiting illness and facing the end of life or experiencing bereavement.

Helping Herts founder Gordon Morrison said: “Both charities have seen demand for their services increase over the last year while their revenues have decreased significantly, as they've been unable to run their usual fundraising activities due to the pandemic.

Citizens Advice East Herts chief executive Laura Hyde (54389199)
Citizens Advice East Herts chief executive Laura Hyde (54389199)

“We hope these funds will help bridge this gap and that being a part of the Helping Herts campaign has helped celebrate the fantastic work they do for our communities."

Laura Hyde, chief executive at Citizens Advice East Herts, said: “It's been great working with Helping Herts and we're very thankful to the Rotary Club of Stort Valley for setting it up.

"This funding means we can help more local people who may be struggling due to the pandemic, or with the increased cost of living.

"We've enjoyed the fundraising activities, particularly the sponsored walks across the county, enjoying our beautiful countryside and each other’s company after being shut away in our homes for so long.”

Helping Herts initially scheduled its campaign to run for a year, however, due to its success, it will continue again in 2022, with a focus on supporting child welfare.

Stort Valley Rotary said: “It has been an honour to lead this entrepreneurial initiative to support charities across Hertfordshire. If you would like to become involved check us out at www.stortvalleyrotary.com.”

To keep up with events and activities visit www.facebook.com/helpingherts.



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