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Local good causes to support this festive season

Looking for a local Herts charity or good cause to donate to or support this year? We’ve got a few suggestions

This time of year it’s nice to give back a little if you can. If you’ve yet to find a local charity or cause to support, here are a few ideas. And if you don’t want to give money with many of these local charities and causes you can give your time, practical help or donations such as food or gifts.

Yarn Bombers in action… (courtesy Yarn Bombers)

The Yarn Bombers – Carers in Hertfordshire & Citizens Advice

We’ve all been knocked out by the amazing post box toppers made by the fabulous Hertford Yarn Bombers, aka the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters. So if you’ve enjoyed them and their other works this year, then why not donate to their chosen charities? So far the Yarn Bombers have raised nearly £5,700 for Carers in Hertfordshire & Citizens Advice, and if you wish to show your appreciation by donating you can do so here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YarnBomberXmas

Altogether, the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters created 43 yarn bombs (41 on Royal Mail post boxes); 28 are in Hertford, 13 in Ware, 1 in Watton at Stone, 1 in Van Hage Garden Centre. If you want to visit them, you can download maps from their website

Hertfood’s amazing work…(Debs is in the doorway – courtesy Hertfood)


Debs Bonfield from Manic Ceramics in Hertford and her team of volunteers have done an fantastic job this year of helping feed local families in need with fresh food. And the response from local people who wanted to help out has been phenomenal – with 800 individuals at a time donating food and gifts. Debs will still be accepting food donations at her shop in Port Vale, Hertford but if you can’t get down there you can also now donate to the Hertfood Justgiving page. They are aiming to raise £7,000.

Hertford & District Foodbank Christmas hampers…(courtesy Hertford Foodbank)

Hertford Foodbank

Hertford & District Foodbank has been working hard to support local people in crisis this year during the Covid Pandemic and it’s just opened a branch in Stanstead Abbotts at St Margarets Church to support the local area there. You can donate non-perishable items of food at many different drop-off points, including Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s in Hertford, plus the Co-op in Stanstead Abbotts. If you fancy something a bit different, you could buy our charity Christmas audiobook of children’s stories A Christmas Cracker – it’s £2.99 and all proceeds go to Hertford Foodbank and St Andrew’s School in Stanstead Abbotts.

ALFs helps support local pets in need (courtesy Alfs)

ALFs Pet foodbank Hertford

Another fantastic initiative that launched in 2020 was ALFs pet foodbank in Hertford which supports local pets in need, no questions asked. Run from the Pinehurst Community Centre by Tina Banks, ALFS has helped people throughout the pandemic who have struggled to feed their pets due to job losses or other difficulties. You can donate to ALFs via Paypal, via their Amazon wishlist or drop items off at the Pinehurst Community Centre in Birdie Way, Hertford. We also have a limited number of our dog calendars left for sale in our Happeninginherts.com store for £7 – all proceeds go to ALFS and St Andrew’s School in Stanstead Abbotts.

The hard-working team behind Red Kite

Red Kite Rape Crisis Support

Red Kite is a fantastic new initiative in Bishops Stortford aimed at supporting those who have suffered sexual abuse. They offer a secure helpline – 01279 790450 – with trained counsellors – something vital given that due to the pandemic many sufferers are often trapped at home with their abusers. Red Kite is looking for more volunteers, donations – especially from local businesses that might wish to support them – and grants. You can donate at their page here: Red Kite Rape & Sexual Abuse support service – Online Social Fundraising Donation Platform | Givey

If you want to volunteer or find out more, contact Sue Rayner Jacobs on sueraynerjacobs@gmail.com – Red Kite’s new website is coming soon.

Cedars Nature Centre (courtesy)

Cedars Nature Centre, Cheshunt

Many local zoos and animal attractions are facing difficult times due to the Covid pandemic. Cedars Nature Centre – a fab small zoo based at Cedars Park in Cheshunt – is looking to raise funds to support its animals over the winter and likely lockdowns. You can donate via their Justgiving page or adopt an animal via the website. Handsome Hank the Tank the bearded dragon is one of the most popular adoptees, according to Stuart Short who runs the zoo with his business partner Nick Spellman.

Piper Terrett
Author: Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

Piper Terrett

Editor and founder of Happeninginherts.com

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