Who is your charity champion for the WHT Community Awards?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:10 19 April 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.

Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.

©2016 Cathy Benucci Photography

There’s no shortage of people working hard for charitable causes in Welwyn Hatfield, and the Community Awards are here to recognise that.

Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.Welwyn Hatfield Times Community Awards 2017. Picture credit: Cathy Benucci Photography.

Last year’s Charity Champion, Kirsty Conder, was literally exhaustive in her fundraising work.

In 2017, she wore out scores of people in a four-hour clubbathon at her workplace the University of Hertfordshire, raising £7,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the process.

Not satisfied with that, in January this year she took it another step further with a clubbathon in Stevenage, smashing her target.

“We’re hoping to do it again in 2019,” said Kirsty.

The money is raised in honour of the late Oli Mills, Kirsty’s neighbour and family friend who died tragically early of cancer at 18.

Kirsty, who now lives in the Oaklands area of Welwyn, grew up in Hatfield living over the road from Oli. “His family and my family were close,” said Kirsty.

Oli’s brother Eddie set up a foundation in his name and organises regular fundraising events.

When Kirsty said she’d like to do something, Eddie suggested that she bake a cake for one of the events.

The problem? As Kirsty said: “Actually, I can’t cook.”

But what she can do is organise. “I love organising things, I’m always the social planner.”

Armed with those skills and a love of clubbercise, she approached fitness instructor Charlotte Hull to get people to don their glowsticks and spandex and get moving.

“When people do clubbercise, they fall in love with it,” she said. “At the end, the atmosphere is electric - people are absolutely buzzing.”

With Gift Aid contributions still to come in, the Stevenage event has raised nearly £12,000. “I didn’t quite clock that it would make so much money!” said Kirsty.

The WHT Community Awards are your chance to shine a light on people like Kirsty who are making a difference in your community.

As well as the chance to hand on her Charity Champion award, other categories are: Role Model of the Year, Valiant Volunteer, School of the Year, Good Neighbour Award, Service to the Community, Lifetime Achievement, Carer of the Year, Parent in a Million, and Young Achiever.

You can also nominate someone each month for the Howard Centre Community Hero Award.

Each month, a local winner will be rewarded with £100 to spend in the Howard Centre, as well as being automatically entered into a final that is announced at the same time as the WHT Community Awards.

All awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by Sky Sports Formula 1 commentator David Croft at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City on July 13.

The deadline for nominations is June 15. To find out more about all categories and to nominate your hero, see www.whtcommunityawards.co.uk

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