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Carnival 2016 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2016 we chose charities to receive the proceeds, ran competitions in the lead-up to the event, and endeavoured to get the event covered in the media. Details of these things are shown here.

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Beneficiaries for Hertford Carnival 2016

As well as providing a fun day for all involved, the aim of the Carnival is always to raise money to benefit the local community; two charities are always selected to benefit from all the money raised from collections, donations and (specified) revenue.

Instead of inviting all charitable and voluntary groups to apply in 2016,
Hertford Carnival Committee - who are made up partly of the Hertford Rotary group - considered contenders from Rotary’s local (and international) existing community work. Previous participants in the Carnival were also considered.

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 so many deserving groups.

In 2016 the committee departed from usual protocol and chose one local charity and one global charity (the latter bringing aid to any emergency anywhere in the world).

The beneficiaries of Carnival 2016 were nominated as;

Isabel Hospice


The committee and volunteers lurked with their collecting tins at the gates and around the grounds ... And you gave - thank you!

As of mid July, the final tally for money raised was unconfirmed as money was still coming in. However a donation of £2000 was made at this date to Shelterbox as they had launched an appeal for Shelter Kits (tarpaulins and tools to set up temporary shelters) for Syria.

An equivalent donation was then given to Isabel Hospice once the sums were complete.

Thank you again for your generosity!

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.

In the year prior to the 2016 carnival, they cared for 1,316 patients and 2,379 family members.

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.

Isabel Hospice have not taken part in Carnival day before, but had a stall in the Castle grounds for 2016.

Find further details here, 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.

Disclaimer – Hertford Carnival Committee are not responsible for the content of external websites

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A national charity helping global causes, ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

shelter box logoShelterBox aid is tailored to the needs of each emergency. Often it is a literally shelter in a box! - ShelterBoxes, given to people who have lost all of their belongings, include items such as a disaster relief tent, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and water purification equipment. Otherwise shelter kits, containing heavy-duty tarpaulins and tools, are given out to help people rebuild damaged structures and return to their own homes as soon as possible.

Since ShelterBox was founded, they have responded to more than 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries, recently including earthquakes in Nepal and Ecuador, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Being a voluntary group, any money raised by Hertford carnival was a welcome help.

Find further details here, or email them.

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Competitions run for the 2016 Carnival were as follows;

Fancy dress competition

We had a 'Carnival'-themed fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see the 2016 Day page for full coverage.

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Quiz, food and drinks, all for a good cause ...

... How could you possibly go wrong? But that's before the questions ...

There was a quiz night at Sele Farm Community Centre on Friday 13 May, with questions, fun, and hot supper. This was a great success with over £800 being raised for the carnival fund. Thanks to all who attended! See poster for details of this archived event.

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Princess for a day

Previously, the annual competition run by the Hertfordshire Mercury to find the Hertford Carnival princess and attendants has been very popular with children and well-supported by businesses; see other years in our Archive footage.

receiving prizes in the fancy dress 2016

Photo; Wizardly fun in the fancy dress! (courtesy of Steve Beeston photography).

Unfortunately the Mercury did again not run the competition this year.

Instead, we had a 'Carnival'-themed fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see the Day Coverage for details.

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We did not run a raffle in 2016.

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2016 carnival is detailed below.

Note; some entries have since been removed from (other) sites.

Press releases

Day press release - May 16 


Attached below. 

Mercury articles

Hertford 2016 event release - Jan 16

Article on Carnival day - 20 June 16 


See our regular Twitter feeds;

We are happy to have an active following on Twitter! As a bonus to the festivities, we reached our 1000th follower at 7pm on Carnival Day 2016! 

Other publicity

Event listing in the Best Of directory Feb 2016

Event listing on GoHertford Feb 2016

Event listing on MumsnetHerts March 2016

Event listing on Hertford Net Feb 2016 
Please note there is also some out-of-date info on this site.

event poster 2016

Hertford Rotary Facebook photos, including carnival photos

Hertford Town Council Carnival album

We have included a selection of photos and comments posted by people and organisations (including our sponsors) on social media in our footage of the day.

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Thank you ...

For being so generous on the day, for taking part in our competitions, and for reading the papers!

See also this year's;

The charities who will benefit


Press coverage