Local Young People to Feel the Love from Fair in the Square
The crowd-pleasing event took place in the town’s Market Place, saw cheese eating, strength testing and a host of plants and bargains being bought along with a star prize raffle. The event has raised almost £4,500 for the vital work of Phase across all Hitchin’s schools, helping young people when they need support.
Phase director Kieran Murphy said: “We want to say a huge ‘thank-you’ to all the companies and businesses who donated prizes which included a SEAT car from AZ Autos! And to everyone who came along, donated to the cause and bought raffle tickets.
“The money raised is going to help expand our work with children to grow their wellbeing and resilience so that they have the tools to cope with life when teenage struggles kick in. A recent report highlighted the huge increase in young people struggling with self-harm over the past 20 years and Phase is passionate about preventing these issues before they manifest themselves in behaviours such as self-harm.”
The SEAT car was won by David Lyons but he wanted to see Phase benefit even further, so he sold the car to Bethany Murray - who recently had a car accident and donated all the profits to Phase! It turns out that Bethany was a former student in Hitchin and was helped by Phase during her studies which seems like a fitting home for the car.
David Alvarez, Director of AZ Autos who donated the car said: “Phase is one of the most worthwhile causes going – and we are delighted to have helped spread the word about their work and raise money for them to continue. Investing in the lives of young people is more important than ever given all the pressures and issues they face, Hitchin is blessed to have Phase working in the schools of the town.”
HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors’ Jane Marland, herself a parent, added: “We see Phase as an incredibly important asset to the town – working tirelessly to support the young people in Hitchin. It’s great to see such a significant amount of money raised to contribute towards their work in the future.”
A full list of prize winners are as follows:
- D Lyons - SEAT Car donated by AZ Autos
- H Bailey - British School Museum Visit & afternoon tea donated by Consilium Financial Planning
- Kate B - £75 Anglian Country Inns vouchers donated by Mason Navarro Pledge
- P Lawlor - Amazon Echo Dot donated by Earthware
- C Corby - Osteopathic Treatment donated by Woodside Clinic
- T O'Brien - Family Panto tickets donated by Embryonex
- J Woolston - Cut & blow dry donated by Talents
- S Owen - Cut & blow dry donated by Men at Work
- K Bridge - 12 month subscription to Hertfordshire life donated by Hertfordshire Life
- T Rajan - 2 weeks Unlimited Yoga donated by The Yoga Shed
- H Cross - 2 lunch platters for Hermitage Rd. Donated by Hermitage Rd.
- D Drew - Tom Kerridge Good Cook Book & Steak Knives donated by Brookers
- M Cornetta - Gift vouchers donated by Wilde Jewellery
- A Newstead - Treatment vouchers donated by Professional Nail & Beauty
- K Draper - Gents haircut donated by True Gents Barbers
- M Taylor - Manicure donated by Pebble Beauty Sanctuary
- M Eve - Pinch of Posh & Home Decor Book donated by L Llewelyn-Bowen
- J Frampton - Breakfast for two donated by Hitchin Cafe
- S Pickett - Vouchers donated by Haven Cafe
- C Maylin - American Football donated by Elite Sports