Cathartic encourage people to continue to support COVID-19 relief effort that has raised over £170,000 for Charites.

Over the last year Watford’s residents, businesses and even keen quizzers have helped raise over £170,000 for local charities by supporting the Watford COVID-19 Charity Appeal.

Published: Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 ddd

It’s a very challenging time for our local charities. Thousands of people rely on them for support every day and even more so since the COVID-19 crisis.

Over the last year Watford’s residents, businesses and even keen quizzers have helped raise over £170,000 for local charities by supporting the Watford COVID-19 Charity Appeal via our online donation form, auction and raffles.

This much-needed fund, created with Watford and Three Rivers Trust (W3RT​), is currently being distributed to local frontline charities such as Cathartic, New Hope, Homestart, Watford Foodbank, Watford Women’s Centre and Sewa Day. These charities and many more are getting emergency food to those in need, supporting victims of domestic abuse and those with mental health issues, providing shelter for the homeless, care to those bereaved, advice and guidance to those who have lost their jobs and practical help to young families facing the strain of isolation. You can find out more at watfordcovidappeal.org/charities-helped

Cathartic is one of the charities that the appeal has helped and it has meant they have been able to continue their amazing work to support people’s health and wellbeing at such a critical time, showing how creativity and joining with others can have a really positive impact on people’s lives. With the help of the appeal, they have been able to deliver film making workshops to young people in the community who have additional needs and boost their morale in what has been an extremely difficult time.

Maria Todesco and Nicky Day, Directors at Cathartic C.I.C said: “With your help we have been able to deliver film making workshops to young people in the community who have additional needs.

This opportunity has been a big help in boosting their self-esteem and confidence throughout what has been an exceptionally challenging time and their films go towards the Hertfordshire Film Festival! It’s been amazing, thank you so much!”

And to show how much Watford’s support has meant, the Cathartic team have put their thanks on film.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “I am delighted that we are able to give a helping hand to our wonderful community groups who are doing so much to support people in our town at this difficult time. I’m so grateful to all people in Watford who have donated to our appeal so far. 

Whilst we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel from Covid-19, the demands on our local charities will be just as high over the next few years, as the longer term physical and mental impact of the pandemic continues to affect people. I am fortunate to see at first hand the difference these charities make to people’s lives and would encourage anyone who can to continue supporting our appeal so these wonderful organisations can continue to do great work in our community.”

To donate to the appeal, visit watfordcovidappeal.org or text WATFORD to 70331 (£3).

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