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Beneficiaries for Hertford Carnival 2019

To ensure that Hertford Carnival benefits the local community, two charities have been selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day through collections and specified revenue.

We have chosen!

To be a beneficiary was open to all local charitable and voluntary organisations. We invited applications via twitter and the website, and considered contenders from Rotary and Inner Wheel's existing charity work (the Carnival Committee is made up partly of Rotarians and Inner Wheel members).

We always consider details of each organisation, aims and objectives, financial details, and how local people will benefit from the money donated.

The two charities we have chosen cover from young to old!

Note; We have opted to continue without a procession so that we can donate more money to charity; see Join the procession.

The decision

We are delighted to announce that the nominated beneficiaries of the Hertford Carnival 2019 are;

Homestart (local office)

Alzheimer's Society (local office)

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



Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK, with volunteers helping families with young children deal with the challenges they face. These issues include post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, and bereavement.

Volunteers will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home homestart logosupporting them in the ways they need, from helping them get to a doctor’s appointment to playing with the children.  Financial grants are not given.  The aim of this support is to help the parents cope, and to build better lives for their children.

Across the four nations of the UK 13,500 home-visiting volunteers support around 28,000 families and 60,000 children to transform their lives. There are 215 local, independent Home-Starts; we are supported in Hertford by the Stevenage branch.

Here there are currently 113 volunteers working locally, supporting 120 families, with 74 more on the waiting list.

As council funding has been withdrawn, the local branch is now largely dependent on voluntary income, and they are currently contemplating a future without this vital help in Herts as the branch is operating at many thousands over budget.  They have new strategies to raise money in place – and their new CEO, Yolanda Rugg, is a former CEO of Herts Chamber of Commerce, so a definite business brain - but are desperate for help to bridge the deficit.  Everyone is a volunteer, and grants are not given, but things like training are necessary costs.

Their national website is here. The Stevenage page is here, or they can be reached by email, or by phone on 01438 367788.

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Alzheimer's Society

Dementia is the broad term used to describe a number of different conditions affecting the brain, including Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. It is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, overtaking both cancer and heart disease, with six people in the UK developing dementia in the average time it take to bake a batch of cakes.

The national website is a brilliant source of information, and includes types of dementia, symptoms, treatments, and how to reduce your risk of developing it in the first place.

They also run a National Dementia Helpline (0300 222 11 22), and there is an online community where people can share their experiences.  They award grants to researchers, and – on a more positive note – they are running a Cupcake day on 13 June, where all are invited to bake and indeed eat to raise money!

alzheimer's society logoOur local branch is in Welwyn Garden City (Watchmead AL7 1LT).  This branch helps everyone with dementia, their carers and families, and also professionals in health and social care.  They offer information on and practical guidance on all aspects of living with dementia; from understanding it, to coping with day-to-day challenges, to preparing for the future.  They also support people to access useful services.

The branch can be reached by email or by phone on 01707 378365.

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