Under the most difficult of circumstances the Care Fund has finished the year with a flourish of activity.
The Christmas Parcels team have completed their annual delivery of parcels to 140 local people, and with huge assistance from Waitrose this year.
The Family Outings team, although not able to provide an outing this year, gave a small voucher to the families who were disappointed.
We have also been lucky to receive gifts that we have been able to give to some of our clients who have been struggling at this time of the year. The High Street Methodist Church were kind enough to donate food vouchers for 40 of our families. These were distributed by our Home Visits team.
A group of neighbours contacted the Trust with an offer to provide a family with their Christmas shop. They collected a sizeable amount and we were able to provide 3 single-parent families with their Christmas shop. One client commented that we had, “saved her Christmas”. Then at the last minute the Salvation Army called to say that they had some extra toys that some of our clients might like. We were able to say “yes please” and delivered those. TK Cafe in Southdown donated some Christmas goodies that we were also able to find a home for.
The Utilities Team is ready to help 80 pensioners in the New Year with their utility bills.
On top of all of this we have been supporting Harpenden Cares and have received well over 2,000 calls since March.
And … the Trust is now playing a major role in the COVID Vaccine roll-out for Harpenden in the New Year.
A remarkable achievement in such a difficult year.
Nick Luckett, Chairman, Harpenden Trust Care Fund
28 January 2021