[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. I will attempt a series of things starting with a virtual Stevenage Half Marathon on 1st November and a virtual Emitremmus (the end of summertime cycle ride) but I need donations and maybe there's something you can do to raise money.[/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][br][/p][p][br][/p]
Thankyou for letting me be part of this, running my 1st half on Sunday😀
£15.00plus £3.75 Gift Aid
Nov 4, 2020
This donation made possible by not having to pay out for expensive privatised-rail fares this year. I hope it helps, and thank you for the opportunity to provide a little support to very deserving causes.
£500.00plus £125.00 Gift Aid
Nov 1, 2020
Well done Jim in a very difficult year.
£12.00plus £3.00 Gift Aid
Nov 1, 2020
Thanks for letting me join you for Stevenage Half today, I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
£20.00plus £5.00 Gift Aid
Nov 1, 2020
A donation made by Peter Eames as I completed a 13.1 miles run round Stevenage on Sunday 1st November. Thanks Pete for your support with this "virtual" half marathon.