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We choose charities for the work that they do locally and for the wide range of people they support in and around St Albans. In 2019, our charities were:
We supported Earthworks last year and they’ve now taken over organsing the fantastic Polar Bear Plunge They are an amazing charity small, award-winning charity nurturing people with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. They offer Social and Therapeutic Horticulture and nature-based activities to their Earthworkers.
Their work and our beautiful eco-gardens encourage people of all abilities to develop skills, build confidence, boost health and wellbeing, and champion social inclusion and sustainability.
Earthworks will receive one third of the donations we receive this year.
Age Concern St Albans are a new charity for us to support this year.
There has been much written recently about the problems of loneliness and isolation suffered by our growing older population. At Age Concern St Albans our volunteers run three weekly relaxed and friendly lunch clubs for local people. As well as a hot meal and companionship we offer a variety of activities including seated exercises, music, arts and crafts and an interesting range of talks. A day out mixing with others or taking part in practical activities can make a real difference to the quality of an elderly persons life.
Age Concern St Albans will receive one third of the donations we receive this year
Small Acts of Kindness is also the guest charity for the Polar Bear Plunge this year. Their aim is that every older person feels warm in their home and connected to their community.
They do this by sourcing and distributing practical gifts that reduce the negative impact that feeling lonely and isolated can have on older people’s physical and mental wellbeing. We have a special interest in helping older people who are cold in their homes. We also seek opportunities to connect communities with kindness.
Small Acts of Kindness will receive one third of the donations we receive this year.