Welwyn committee donates thousands to borough’s charities

PUBLISHED: 15:00 16 July 2017

Nearly 60 people attended the meeting.

Nearly 60 people attended the meeting.

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The Welwyn Festival Committee donated thousands of pounds to numerous local charities at an awards event earlier this week.

The Mixed Group founder Sean Cox, second from left, being presented his charity's cheque. The Mixed Group founder Sean Cox, second from left, being presented his charity's cheque.

The committee is made up of local people who organise the village’s annual nine-day festival, which involves activities and events that raise funds for charity.

Charity representatives were among 55 people to flock to the Welwyn Civic Centre, where cheques were presented by parish council chairman Bill Morris.

Beneficiaries included The Mixed Group, Welwyn Hatfield Parkinson’s, Jubilee House, Welwyn St Mary’s, Samaritans Herts, Riding for the Disabled and Meningitis Now.

Danesbury Fernery Project, Herts Young Homeless and Welwyn Rainbows also received donations.

Members of the Welwyn Festival Group Liz Toefler, Mark Caudel and Malcom Temple. Members of the Welwyn Festival Group Liz Toefler, Mark Caudel and Malcom Temple.

Mixed Group founder Sean Cox, who accepted £1,000 for the charity, said: “It was an absolutely lovely evening.

“The Welwyn Festival is a wonderful event and we are all extremely humbled to receive such a generous donation, which will go towards future events for lonely and vulnerable people in the borough.”

Catherine Farrell, chair of the Welwyn Festival Committee, said: “This year has seen a record amount raised of over £11,000 and we are still counting.

“I would like to thank everyone involved; especially the hard working dedicated committee, the many volunteers who assist with our main events and the community for their tremendous support.”

The festival was supported by businesses including Netherdown, Best Digital, Awesome!, Word of Mouth, Vita Ristorante, The White Hart, Shredx, SuSu Boutique, Videcom, Strutt & Parker, Off Broadway Travel, Homeinstead Senior Care, and Neel Dentistry.

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