Award nominations for Welwyn Hatfield charities

TWO charities from Times Territory have been recognised for the positive impact they’ve had on the community, after both were shortlisted for a top award.

Space Youth and Community Centre, based in WGC, and the Willow Foundation in Old Hatfield are among three candidates for the Everyday Impact Award, part of the Directory of Social Change (DSC) third annual Social Change Awards.

The award recognises the work of individuals, small companies and community groups that make positive changes to their areas.

Space, a community centre set up in Church Road by YMCA Central Herts, has only been running since May 2008, but in that time has grown from a one-night-a-week social group for young people into a five-day youth and community programme, including the Citizens Advice Bureau, bereavement counselling and drop-in cafes.

Space manager Christine Novelli said: “We were delighted to hear the Space project had been shortlisted, and we would like to encourage all supporters, users, and members to register their support for the project by voting on the DSC website.”

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The Willow Foundation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs, in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer in 1998.

The charity organises special days out for people aged between 16 and 40 who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

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Mr Wilson said: “Being shortlisted for this award means a great deal to us and the charity. We’re proud of this achievement and humbled to have been shortlisted.”

The award will be decided by public vote and the winners announced on November 26.

To vote for your favourite charity, visit

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