Welwyn Garden City charity celebrate 10th anniversary

A DISABLED charity has celebrated its 10th birthday at a glitzy event.

On June 10, guests turned out in their droves for the Hertfordshire PASS party at its headquarters in Brownfields, WGC.

Among the visitors toasting the last decade of the charity – which enables disabled people to live more independently through employment and self-directed support – were councillors Steven Markiewicz, Richard Smith and Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Carl Storer.

Neville Reyner, British Chambers of Commerce president and chairman of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, hosted the event.

He said: “I would like to congratulate Hertfordshire PASS for 10 years of achievement to the community in supporting and enabling disabled people to live independently.”

At the ceremony, the 10 PASS Ten Challenge – which will help find apprenticeships for 10 young disabled people during the year – was launched.

Katie Fraser, of Parkside, Welwyn, attended the event.

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She said: “The birthday event went fantastically well.

“It was brilliant to see so many people turn out to support us.”

The 34-year-old added: “I hope the 10 PASS Ten Challenge will give employers an insight into disabilities and will encourage them to employ disabled people.

“Employers will see that having a disability doesn’t stop you from doing a good job.”

Hertfordshire PASS is currently looking for local companies, young disabled people and potential mentors to join its apprenticeship scheme.

For more information, call the charity on 01707 321 442.

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