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Carnival 2017 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2017 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 2017

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.

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. 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.

The beneficiaries of Carnival 2017 were nominated as;

Isabel Hospice

Carers in Hertfordshire

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

£4000 was presented to the charities after the event.

Thank you again for your generosity!

Note; stall holders occasionally nominate other charities for money raised (for example, this year Attwaters Jameson Hill gave us £500 before the event but gave the proceeds of their stall tombola to Grove Cottage, the charity they had pledged to help for the year); this is all in the nature of the day, and welcome.

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.

Patients 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.

mayor and isabel hospice stallLast 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 were delighted to pick the Hospice once again - we consider them a very deserving cause. They had 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.

Photo; Isabel Hospice (and Rotary Club) volunteer Jill Geall with Mayor Sue Dunkley on the Isabel Hospice stall on Carnival Day 2017. Courtesy of Chantall Geall.

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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.

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 had a stall in the Castle grounds this year.carers in hertfordshire picture

Linda Cudmore, Community Fundraising lead, fed back;

"I just want to say a big thank you and huge congratulations on organising such a brilliant Carnival! Everything was so well organised and easy. Thankfully the weather was kind to us all which always helps too.

We had a great day and spoke to a number of people that did not know about us. They are now going to be accessing our free carer support which is a fantastic result for us". 

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

Photo; Rotary president Pamela Rutherford with Linda Cudmore of Carers in Herts on Carnival Day 2017. Courtesy of Anna Schlenker.

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Competitions run for the 2017 Carnival were as follows;

Fancy dress competition

We had a fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see the 2017 Day tab.

3 contenstants

Photo; Three fancy dress entrants on Carnival day 2017. Courtesy of Anna Schlenker.

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Quiz night

Our annual quiz night was a roaring success! It took place at Sele Farm Community Centre on Friday 12 May, and saw a sell out crowd of 90 people turning up for questions, pizza, ice cream and a raffle.

Team 9 - made up of various hardworking councillors like Jane Sartin, Bob Deering, Linda Radford (then the Mayor) - won, and received bottles of wine and 'lots of happiness'!

David Pearce (former Rotary chairman and carnival organiser) performed as quizmaster, and local businesses donated prizes for the raffle (see here).

After costs, all proceeds go towards staging the Carnival.

The archived poster is here.

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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 our Archive footage.

Unfortunately the Mercury did not run the competition again in 2017.

Instead, we had a fancy dress competition for boys and girls on Carnival day; see above.

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We did not run a raffle in 2017.

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2017 carnival is detailed below.

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


Event poster

Mercury articles

June 17


See our regular Twitter feeds;

Other publicity

Event listing in the Best Of directory Feb 2017

Event listing on GoHertford Feb 2017

Event listing on MumsnetHerts Feb 2017

Event listing on Hertford Net - Feb 2017
(Please note there is some outdated information on this site).

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