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 via an online donation form, auction and raffle, and by also taking part in the weekly fundraising Big Bold Community Quiz.
This 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. These charities and many more 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 the strain of isolation. You can find out more at watfordcovidappeal.org/charities-helped
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, usually sends packs throughout the year to elderly people who are lonely and cold across the county. The charity have been vital during the coronavirus outbreak to reach even more vulnerable people at this critical time. Lynne 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. I’m so grateful to all people in our town who have donated to our appeal and quiz. The quiz is great fun, as we put people through their paces, have some friendly rivalry and raise money for such important causes.”
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. Electric Umbrella have also been providing brilliant entertainment, as well as testing the quizzers. The quiz will take place this Sunday at 8pm on the Mayor’s Facebook page (facebook.com/petertaylorwatford).
The auction helped raise £3,885 and the raffle closes this weekend. To buy tickets to possibly win some great prizes such as vouchers at local restaurants, campervan rental and exclusive gym membership, please visit w3rt.rallyup.com/watfordraffle. To donate to the appeal, visit watfordcovidappeal.org or text WATFORD to 70331 (£3).