TFN Herts raised over £14,000 from local philanthropists and corporate supporters for three brilliant and important Hertfordshire charities at its fourth ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event on Tuesday 8th October.
Hosted at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans, the event built on previous years, and has now raised over £50,000 for 14 Hertfordshire organisations.
Guests at TFN Herts had tough decisions to make, because all three pitches from local charities Dacorum Community Trust, Herts Welcomes Refugees, and Herts Inclusive Theatre were so moving and impressive (although many supported more than one cause). Around 80 local residents and businesses attended, to watch the charities pitch for funding, ask questions, and generously pledge their support in an exciting live crowdfunding session.
St Albans resident Richard Sved organised the event with a group of local volunteers, national charity The Funding Network, and the generous support from local businesses Debenhams Ottaway, Moore Kingston Smith, My Mustard, Bubble Hub, and Rumball Sedgwick.
Liz Pilny, one of the pitchers from Herts Inclusive Theatre said: “What an innovative way of raising funds for small local charities! Being able to highlight what we do to local people who will be able to see what a difference their pledges will make is such a benefit to us as a charity.”
Nicholas Turner said: “Debenhams Ottaway was thrilled to support the most recent Herts TFN crowdfunding event, again. It was great to see so many people pull together as a community to raise funds for the well-deserved local charities. Hertfordshire is a hub of charitable activity, and we want to shine a light on all the hard work that’s done for our community.”
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