Peter Hope (Crematorium Director) and Claire Austin (Managing Director) from Harwood Park Crematorium presented Mark Turner of the Road Victims Trust with a donation of £4,488.00. The funds will assist the charity in supporting those affected by fatal road accidents in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Austins have named the North Herts and Stevenage branch of Samaritans as our charity for 2015. The branch are based locally in Hitchin.
Volunteers take telephone calls as well as face to face appointments and the branch has been established since 1971. Samaritans work with other support groups in the area helping vulnerable people and those in need of emotional support such as mental health groups, homeless, addiction problems and others.
With activities such as ‘cheap as chips’, prison ‘listeners’ ‘Feet on the Street’ and working with Network Rail to support staff who have to deal with the effects of people committing suicide on the railway you can see that the work of Samaritans is vital in the community.
We are delighted that we have the keys to our new branch in Leys Avenue, Letchworth and refurbishment work will start shortly. We don’t have a date yet for opening but look forward to helping out the residents of Letchworth in the coming months. This takes our branches to a total of 9 across Hertfordshire and you can find where we are located by visiting our webpage http://www.austins.co.uk/funeral-directors-locations.html
A few weeks ago on Friday 13th February we presented our donation to Jasmin and Margherita at Cancer Hair Care. We had selected them as our Annual Charity for 2014 and were delighted to hand over £6,443.50. Sadly that weekend, they were burgled and had over £5,000 worth of equipment and cash stolen from their office in Stevenage. Jasmin put out a plea and the generosity of people and businesses means that they have been able to replace lots of the stolen items. You can help them carry on their fantastic work on facebook and twitter using #BeatTheBurglars or by texting HAIR05£1.00 to 70070 or https://www.justgiving.com/CaringHair/