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Jim Brown

Support the Mayor of Stevenage's Charities

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My story

[p]Each year the Mayor nominates three charities to be the Mayor’s Charities. This year they are the Stevenage Community Trust, Haven First and Sport Stevenage. So many civic and fundraising events have had to be cancelled this year I need some other ways to get some money in for these three great local causes. In November I ran a little bit more than the equivalent of one parkrun per day. That included two virtual half marathons in Stevenage with one on the day the local 13.1 miles race would have taken place. At the end of October I cycled a virtual Emitremmus (the end of summertime cycle ride) including twice round the actual Lite route in Covid secure small groups but the charities need donations and maybe there's something you can do to raise money. I hear rumours that others are plotting activities, things I could not imagine doing myself, in the run up to Christmas.[/p][p]Here's a bit more on the three good causes:[/p][p]Sport Stevenage keeps us active. Great for our physical and mental well-being. Many voluntary sport clubs are struggling with large cuts in income from events and membership fees during the pandemic. Having to exercise solo has been a problem for people, some concerned about being alone, some missing the company and motivation; not a lot have the space or resources to get themselves a private gym. The clubs will be vital to getting Stevenage moving again and helping to bring our community back together when we can, we’ll need them to be there in the future.[/p][p]Haven First does vital work with homeless people. Haven First, (formerly Stevenage Haven and North Herts Sanctuary) provides support to those experiencing homelessness in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire. With two permanent sites in Stevenage and Hitchin, they provide support and shelter for over 56 homeless people as well as providing support to rough sleepers through their outreach and help at the door scheme. At the centre of what they do, is having a full understanding of the complex issues surrounding homelessness. With their team of highly trained and experienced staff, they support over 200 people per year, not only with a warm bed and hot meals, but with the vital support needed to move on from their projects into permanent, independent accommodation. As well as accommodation, their support services include: counselling, specialist substance abuse support, mental & physical wellbeing training, life skills & budgeting. They work closely with a number of key organisations and manage a portfolio of move-on properties to ensure that through their support people are able to break the never ending cycle of homelessness.[/p][p]Stevenage Community Trust set up Stevenage Helps which has given many in our town vital support during lockdown and now. Stevenage Community Trust is an independent charity that provides funding and support to charitable organisations and people in need. Their work makes a significant difference to local people’s lives and is only possible thanks to many generous and loyal supporters. On 19th March the Trust launched their Stevenage Helps, COVID-19 Appeal in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council. As so many families in our community felt the impact of COVID-19 they set up an appeal to ensure that the generous donations reach those most in need in Stevenage and the surrounding villages. The Trust have 30 years of experience in the distribution of grants to individuals in hardship, and charities working with the people of Stevenage. The Stevenage Helps funding appeal had already raised £64,000 by 14th October. Now they are raising money to provide school meals over the holiday.[/p][p]Update 6 January! #StevenagePostboxes and #StevenageChristmasKnitters helped to cheer us up and raise money for the Mayor's charities by knitting toppers for twenty of the post boxes in Stevenage. Sadly the last were taken away for safe keeping on the twelfth day of Christmas. Many walked or cycled around our town "bagging the boxes." Cycling UK Stevenage published a 30 kilometre route around the boxes and I've seen dozens of selfies. The Christmas post box initiative boosted the charity fund by more than £1,000. Thanks everyone who participated.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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01 Nov 2020


Jan 7, 2021


Jan 3, 2021

Loyd and Jennie

Very worthwhile charities Jim and the Postbox Toppers are magnificent - real community spirit.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 1, 2021

Kev and Kat

It's a joy to see these on our walks around town ,and support a worthy cause at the same time . Well done Stevenage Christmas Knitters .

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Dec 30, 2020

Lin M-H

Keep up the good work for the rest of your year as Mayor of Stevenage

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Dec 29, 2020


Thank you all you lovely knitters, I love the Christmas scenes on our pillar boxes. They make me smile every day Xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 27, 2020


What a fabulous idea and such talented knitters! They’ve really cheered up Stevenage in a time when we all needed it. Well done all involved.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 27, 2020

Harold and Carol Stokes

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Dec 27, 2020

Ed Hare

Thanks Jim, thoroughly enjoyed running around them all this morning.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 27, 2020

Stuart Hammond

Great idea, well done to all those involved in producing the knitted scenes!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 27, 2020

Helen Hoyle

Thanks for the festive fun and walking with a purpose when I can't run or bike!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid