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Beneficiaries for Hertford Carnival 2017

To ensure that Hertford Carnival benefits the local community, two charities have now been selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day through collections and (specified) revenue. Watch out for the collections at the gates and around the ground!

Apologies; one of the wrong charities was named as the beneficiary. There are several charities with similar names performing similar needs in the local area. We named Herts Young Carers, based in Hitchin. However our second intended charity is/was always Carers in Hertfordshire (specifically their Young Carers Service), based in Hertford.

 

The process

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As well as inviting people to contact us on twitter, Hertford Carnival Committee - who are made up partly of the Hertford Rotary group - considered charitable and voluntary group contenders from Rotary’s local existing community work.

Details of each organisation, aims and objectives, financial details, and how local people will benefit from the money donated were all considered.  As always, it was a difficult choice between deserving local groups.

 

The decision

We were delighted to announce that the nominated beneficiaries of the Carnival 2017 are;

Isabel Hospice

And

Carers in Hertfordshire

If a good sum is raised, the additional money will be distributed to other local charities supported by Rotary.

 

Isabel Hospice

Ever worthy of support, Isabel Hospice offer specialist palliative care to all adults with a terminal or life-limiting illness across eastern Hertfordshire. They aim to treat each person as an individual, not an illness, and to look after their emotional, physical and spiritual needs at these horrible times.

Illnesses covered include cancer, end-stage heart conditions and neurological conditions, with the Hospice serving an area of around 350,000 people.

They have a team of professionals (nurses and physios) and many volunteers, and their support is available to adults at home, at their in-patient unit at QE2 - 'a building full of love, often laughter, and light', as well as at day service locations.

isabel hospice logoPatients with terminal illnesses are supported throughout - for years if necessary- and helped to die with dignity. Other patients - such as those immobile from secondary cancer - are helped to cope with their symptoms and live a better life.

As well as health care, they can advise on financial support and also help bereaved relatives or exhausted carers.

Last year they cared for 1,349 patients and 2,514 family members; a slight increase on both figures from the year before.

All the care they provide to patients is free. However their annual running costs are almost £5million (it costs £650 for just 24hrs of specialist nursing care at the in-patient unit, for example), of which £3 million has to be raised from charitable sources; these include their charity shops, lottery, and fundraising from events such as the Hertford Carnival. 87p in every donated £1 goes on patient care.

Note; as of November 2016, their in-patient unit has been temporarily located (not closed) to Hatfield Care Home, Tamblin Way, to protect patients whilst the old QEII is being demolished. To make up for a smaller capacity, their 'Hospice at Home' service has been extended.

Isabel Hospice were in fact one of our charities last year as well, and had a stall in the Castle grounds. Although almost every local charity is worthy of receiving money raised, we are delighted to be picking the Hospice once again - we consider them a very deserving cause. They will have a stall again this year.

Find further details here or on twitter, or email them.

Or, if you have an urgent need for support, phone them on 01707 382500 8am-5pm Monday to Friday: 01707 382575 outside of these times.

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Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire are based in the Red House in Fore Street. They are the leading, countywide charity for unpaid family carers looking after a friend, neighbour or relative due to illness, frailty, mental health needs, disability or substance misuse. There are over 109,000 carers in Hertfordshire, and currently the charity supports over 20,000 carers, including young children.

The charity's Young Carers Service focuses on identifying, recognising and supporting isolated, vulnerable children who are helping to care for someone. Young Carers are often hidden, lonely and have fewer opportunities in life. They work with the whole family to ensure there is no age-inappropriate caring and give these children a voice and ideally also some of the same opportunities as their peers, both educationally and socially.

There is no financial provision made by local authorities to give young carers a break from caring, hence both they and the charity rely on donations to allow them to have a break that is educational, supportive and fun. They also partake in the fundraising themselves; for example, the picture shows three young carers carers in hertsclimbing climbing Mount Snowdon to fundraise for others.

Any donation goes toward giving young carers a much needed break from their everyday lives, perhaps something as 'normal' as going bowling for an afternoon, or else helping them to feel less isolated by uniting them with other children in the same position.

Carers in Hertfordshire have not taken part in Carnival day before, but will have a stall in the Castle grounds this year.

Find further details here, or on twitter. To donate or to volunteer please contact Linda Cudmore, or call on 01992 586969.

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