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GOOD NEWS: £150,000 raised for charities in Watford COVID-19 relief effort

 Published on: 10th June 2020   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford’s residents, businesses and keen quizzers have helped raise £150,000 for over 20 local charities by supporting the Watford COVID-19 charity appeal.

People donated via an online donation form, auction and raffle, and by also taking part in the weekly fundraising Big Bold Community Quiz.

The funding pool created with Watford and Three Rivers Trust (W3RT​) is currently being distributed to local frontline charities such as New Hope, Homestart, Watford Foodbank, Watford Women’s Centre and Peace Hospice Care. 

They are getting emergency food to those in need, supporting victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health issues, providing shelter for the homeless, care to those bereaved, advice and guidance to those who have lost their jobs and practical help to young families facing isolation. 

Electric Umbrella a vibrant, unique co-creation between adults with learning disabilities and professional musicians are using the fund to continue to provide entertainment to their members and supporters. 

Mel Boda from Electric Umbrella said: “It’s helped massively, this grant has ensured that our online Electric Umbrella TV all-week programme can continue to provide a vital lifeline of 25 hours a week of online connection for our learning disability community across Watford and beyond.”

 Lynne Misner, founder of Small Acts of Kindness, said: “It’s really important that as a community, in the widest possible sense, we all take an active part, particularly because so many people face feeling really lonely and isolated during this time. Thanks to the funding, we are able to continue this vital service.”

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “I am delighted that we are able to give a helping hand to our wonderful community groups who are doing so much to support people in our town at this difficult time.”

The quiz hosted by Mayor Peter Taylor and Luther Blissett celebrates and help raise awareness of the amazing work charities are doing for the town. 

Special guests have included Actor Mark Bonnar, players from the Watford FC 1984 FA Cup Final team and BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark. 

The quiz will take place this Sunday at 8pm on the Mayor’s Facebook page facebook.com/petertaylorwatford

To donate to the appeal, visit watfordcovidappeal.org or text WATFORD to 70331 

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