Drinks Boutique

Drinks Boutique is the cherry on top for Party in the Park

Stortford Heroes welcomes Drinks Boutique as a sponsor for its free music festival, Party in the Park. The Bishop’s Stortford-based wine and cocktail bar will be offering wine tasting. All profits made on the day will be donated to charity.

Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworder’s Field, Bishop’s Stortford. It’s a fun day out to celebrate local heroes who go above and beyond to support the community.

Shanna Joseph, Drinks Boutique owner, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park. It’s such an amazing event for Bishop’s Stortford and an opportunity to recognise and reward the people in our community who work so hard for us. It’s community spirit like this that makes our town so great!”

Richard Fountain, CEO of ITVET, said: “We’re delighted that Drinks Boutique have kindly offered to provide wine tasting at our event and to donate their profits to charity. We’ve had a tremendous response from local businesses and members of our community offering to help us put on Party in the Park. We genuinely couldn’t do it without their kind help, positivity, and generosity.”

Party in the Park is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with an incredible line-up of headline acts and rising stars including The Brand New Heavies, The Hoosiers, Kelli-Leigh, BBC Introducing, and much more. Tickets are free, but we’re kindly asking everyone to donate a charity donation of £1. They’re available now at: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/tickets/

The festival is completely community-driven and relies on the support of local businesses and volunteers. To become a sponsor, visit the website: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/get-involved/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


Recipe for success as Gü becomes latest Party in the Park sponsor

, the premium indulgent treat brand becomes the latest sponsor for Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park.

Party in the Park, organised by ITVET, is a free music festival new to Bishop’s Stortford this summer. On Saturday 16th July, 4,000 people will gather at Sworders Field for a day of celebration with an exciting line-up of live acts, food stalls, face painting, and much more.  

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate local heroes who go above and beyond to serve the community. It’s completely community-driven with local businesses and volunteers banding together to put on this amazing event.

Paul Clipson, HR Director at Gü, said: “We’re thrilled to sponsor Party in the Park. After the past couple of years, this is a great opportunity for us to let our hair down and celebrate those who do so much for our community. Party in the Park is such an important day in the Bishop’s Stortford calendar and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Daryl Fuller, CEO of ITVET, said: “We’re very delighted to welcome onboard Gü as a sponsor. We’re completely overwhelmed by the support from other businesses and members of our community. Together we can make sure Party in the Party is a day to remember for our local heroes.”

Gü is a premium indulgent treat brand, launched in 2003, it is the leading brand in chilled and is sold in key European markets.  The brand is famous for groundbreaking innovation and last year, the team at Bishop’s Stortford launched a new American Bakery-inspired range of treats, including Cookies and Cream, Honeycomb, and Red Velvet. These have been the biggest innovation launch in the UK for years and complement their famous Gu’Zillionaire and Salted Caramel cheesecakes. You can also enjoy plant-based Gü treats.  All the treats are served in an iconic glass ramekin that is reusable and fully recyclable.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities visit: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/get-involved/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


line up party in the park

Party in the Park announces stellar line up

Summer music festival Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park has announced a stellar line-up featuring The Brand New Heavies, The Hoosiers, Kelli-Leigh, BBC Introducing, and much more.

Pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies, will be closing the curtains on the main stage. They’ve sold over 2.5 million records, achieved 16 UK top 40 singles, and released two double platinum-selling albums. Formed in Ealing, West London, they’re best known for a string of hits in the 90s including ‘Dream Come True’, ‘Never Stop’, and ‘Stay This Way’.

Pop-rock band, The Hoosiers, have had multi-platinum success with their 2007 debut album ‘The Trick to Life’ and singles such as ‘Worried About Ray’ and ‘Goodbye Mr. A’.

Kelli-Leigh is a South London singer and songwriter who has provided vocals on the number 1 hits ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones and ‘I Wanna Feel’ by Second City. Her voice has been streamed over 500 million times and she’s made several guest appearances on Radio 1 Live Lounge.

As well as chart-topping hits, Party in the Park has teamed up with BBC Introducing to showcase an array of rising stars as heard on local BBC Radio & BBC Radio 1. The up-and-coming artists they’ll be featuring will be announced soon…

The eclectic line-up also includes local acts like Kiyra Vidal, Scarlet Thomas, and Maystones. As well as entertainment from comedian, Simon Brodkin, best known for his chav character and public pranks such as passing Teresa May a P45 form.

CEO of ITVET Ltd, Daryl Fuller, said: “We’re delighted to have such an incredible line up. I’m so pleased that we have managed to secure headline acts to perform on the day alongside some truly talented up and coming artists. Our producers have worked really hard to make sure we were able to showcase local acts because community is at the heart of this event. It sure will be a day to remember!”

Party in the Park, sponsored by ITVET, is a free community event to celebrate unsung local heroes. It takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworder’s Field, Bishop’s Stortford. The family-friendly festival, packed with live music, entertainment, and activities for the kids, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Tickets are free, but a minimum charity donation of £1 is required to secure them. They’re available now at: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/tickets/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Fever-Tree, Aviva, Standard Life Investments, and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


GT Engine Services sponsors new arrival for 2022: Party in the Park

World-leading aircraft repair and engine maintenance company, GT Engine Services (GTES), is sponsoring a new music festival happening in Bishop’s Stortford this summer.

Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park, organised by ITVET, takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworders Field. It’s a free day out for all the family with an incredible line-up of acts soon to be announced including big names and local rising stars.

Unlike other music festivals, Party in the Park isn’t commercially driven. It’s all about giving back to the community with the sole purpose of celebrating local heroes and raising money for charity. To put on a free community event of this scale relies on the support and generosity of local businesses like GTES.

Greg Macleod, Managing Director at GTES, said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring Party in the Park. After the past couple of years, it’s a great opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our local heroes who go above and beyond to serve the community. Party in the Park is such an important day in the Bishop’s Stortford calendar and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Daryl Fuller, CEO of ITVET, said: “We’re really grateful to GT Engine Services for sponsoring Party in the Park. We couldn’t do it without the support of other businesses and members of our community. We’re very proud of everyone coming together and working hard to make this a day to remember for our local heroes.”

GT Engine Services provide engine management services to the global aviation industry. Based at London Stansted Airport, the company has worked with some of the biggest players in the UK, US, Europe, and beyond.

There’s still time for companies to get involved in Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park. For more information visit: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/get-involved/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


Jackson Square

Jackson Square announced as sponsor for Party in the Park

Bishop’s Stortford shopping centre, Jackson Square, has been announced as a sponsor for the summer music festival Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park.

Party in the Park takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworders Field with live entertainment, face painting, food stalls, and much more.

It’s a community-focused event organised by Bishop’s Stortford-based tech company, ITVET, with the help of other local businesses. It’s not commercially driven. The focus is to provide a free family day out to celebrate local heroes and raise money for charity.

Michael Smith, Centre Manager at Jackson Square, said: “We’re very proud to be sponsoring Party in the Park. This is a great event for the town and the local community to come together and celebrate. After the past couple of years, this will be a great opportunity to recognise many of our local heroes who regularly go above and beyond to serve the Bishop’s Stortford community.”

Richard Fountain, CEO of ITVET, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jackson Square as a sponsor for Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park. We’ve had a tremendous response from local businesses and members of our community offering to help us put on this amazing day for our heroes. Jackson Square go above and beyond to support and promote all of our community initiatives. Their support is much appreciated. We genuinely couldn’t do it without their kind help, positivity and generosity. It’s strong partnerships like this that make Bishop’s Stortford community so great!”

Jackson Square is a 200,000 sq. ft. shopping centre in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford. It’s home to over 45 stores with a range of big-name brands including Next, H&M, Pandora, Starbucks, Nando’s, and many more.

Companies interested in sponsoring Party in the Park should contact the organisers via the website: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/get-involved/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


Grove cottage team

ITVET donates refurbished laptops to Grove Cottage

Tech company, ITVET, has donated laptops to local charity, Grove Cottage, as part of its Laptops for Schools initiative.

Richard Smith, Treasurer, from Grove Cottage said: “We’re very grateful to the lovely team at ITVET for the donation of laptops and a tablet which will be used to support Grove Cottage members and their families.”

CEO of ITVET Ltd, Richard Fountain, said: “Supporting local charities is a core value of our company, so we’re pleased we could make this worthwhile contribution.

“Grove Cottage does amazing work in our community providing social and educational activities for people with learning difficulties. We appreciate everything they do which is why we’ve made this donation. As part of our continued support, they’re also one of the headline charities for our upcoming community event, Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park.”

With the widened technological divide brought on by the pandemic, ITVET launched Laptops for Schools to help bridge that gap. Since the first lockdown, ITVET has donated over 1,000 laptops to schools, charities, and community organisations across Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

As the world re-emerges from the pandemic, ITVET continues to drive the initiative thanks to the generosity of its clients and other local businesses.

Companies with unwanted laptops in working condition should contact ITVET via the website: https://www.itvet.co.uk/laptops-for-schools.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


Intercounty sponsorship

Intercounty announced as headline sponsor for Party in the Park

Intercounty, letting and estate agents, has been announced as headline sponsor for local music festival Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park.

Party in the Park takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworders Field, Bishop’s Stortford. It’s a free day out for all the family with live music and entertainment,  face painting, food stalls, and much more.

Party in the Park is a locally run and community-focused event. The aim of the festival is to celebrate unsung local heroes and raise money for local charities and good causes. In line with this purpose, it’s a completely non-profit event that relies on the generosity of sponsors and individual donations.

Adam Latimer, Managing Director of Intercounty, said: “Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park is a very special event in the Bishop’s Stortford calendar, so naturally we jumped at the opportunity to become headline sponsor.

As a local business, we’re incredibly proud to live and work in this amazing town. Sponsoring an event like this allows us to give back to the people of Bishop’s Stortford and support the great work of our local charities.”

Richard Fountain, CEO of ITVET, said: “We’re very excited to welcome Intercounty as our headline sponsor for Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park. This partnership is an important milestone for Party in the Park. With their support, we can create the best possible festival experience for our whole community, especially our local heroes.”

Intercounty opened its Bishop’s Stortford office in 1992 and has been an integral part of the community. As well as providing a range of property services, Intercounty works heavily to support local events hosted by schools, clubs, and charities.

Companies interested in sponsoring the festival should contact the organisers via the website: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/get-involved/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


The Enable Team

Enable FLP announced as Party in the Park sponsor

ITVET is delighted to announce Bishop’s Stortford-based financial advisors, Enable FLP, as a sponsor for Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park. This is a free community event with a festival feel, bursting with music and entertainment for the whole family.

The aim of Party in the Park is to celebrate unsung local heroes and raise money for local charities and good causes. Enable FLP joins a host of other local businesses to support and collaborate with ITVET to put on this major community event.

Mike Cooke, Managing Director of Enable Independant, said: “When the opportunity to support Stortford Heroes: Party in the Park came around, we jumped at the chance. As a local business, we’re dedicated to giving back to our local community. This includes providing employment opportunities and work experience, raising funds for charity, and encouraging the town’s economic growth.  

“We’re delighted to be involved in Party in the Park and we’re counting down the days to the big event. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy great music while giving back at the same time.”

Richard Fountain, CEO of ITVET, said: “Party in the Park is a not-for-profit event raising money for worthy causes. There is obviously significant cost to put on an event like this, which is why we’re so grateful to local businesses for helping to share the cost. We’re incredibly thankful to businesses like Enable who have already jumped on board to help make this festival possible.”

Party in the Park takes place on Saturday 16th July at Sworder’s Field, Bishop’s Stortford with an exciting line-up of big-name acts and local talent to be announced soon. For more information visit: https://www.stortfordheroes.co.uk/.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


cadets donation Laptops for School

ITVET donates refurbished laptops to Harlow Sea Cadets

Harlow Sea Cadets have received a donation of refurbished laptops from eco-conscious tech company, ITVET, as part of its Laptops for Schools scheme. As well as saving the laptops from going to recycling, the donation will support the cadets with their training activities and help them earn badges and qualifications.

PPO (SCC) Kelly Aimable from Harlow Sea Cadets said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to ITVET for donating laptops to our unit. These laptops will be a great help in delivering everything the Sea Cadet Corps has to offer our cadets.”

ITVET launched the Laptops for Schools campaign during lockdown when thousands of disadvantaged children didn’t have access to IT equipment to continue learning remotely. Since then, ITVET has worked endlessly to refurbish and distribute unused laptops donated from local companies. Thanks to their generosity, Laptops for Schools has been a huge success with over 1,000 laptops donated so far.

CEO of ITVET Ltd, Richard Fountain, said: “We rely on companies that donate their laptops to our Laptops for Schools campaign and we’re so grateful for every laptop we receive. Each donation enables us to FreePurpose more devices. We can drive value from the precious components within our devices and can double the expected life of a laptop, rather than sending them to be recycled. The scheme provides digital inclusion to those who don’t have reliable access to devices for their learning.” 

If your company has unwanted laptops in working condition, please get in touch with ITVET to arrange a collection. Find out more at: https://www.itvet.co.uk/laptops-for-schools.

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About ITVET Ltd

ITVET’s technology and software solutions help businesses to run smoothly and securely. The company was founded in 2007 with a strong focus on building a circular economy and philanthropic activities. Its unique business model is designed to benefit businesses, society and the environment while driving sustainable, organic financial growth.

Headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford with key hubs in London and Manchester, ITVET serves the whole of the UK. It has a diversified client base including blue-chip companies such as Savills, Aviva, Standard Life Investments and The Crown Estate. For further information please visit www.itvet.co.uk.

For more information contact:

The Marketing Team

E: [email protected] T: 01279 464 470 


A person making a homemade card for Cards for Bravery

Stortford Heroes: Introducing our first nominated hero, Katie Callaghan

On Saturday 16th of July 2022, Bishop’s Stortford will gather on Sworders Field for a ‘Party in the Park.’ There will be live music, local food vendors, and community stalls. This community event celebrates the people who go above and beyond for our local area, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can nominate a hero; someone who serves our community, someone who cares for others, or someone who has overcome a personal hurdle. In this article, we will focus on our first nominated hero: Katie Callaghan, Founder of Cards for Bravery.  

Katie, the Founder of Cards for Bravery

About Katie Callaghan

Katie is 19 years old and has grown up in Bishop’s Stortford. She has a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and a number of other chronic illnesses. What impacts her most day-to-day is having Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, which is caused by EDS. She relies on a central line into her heart to receive nutrition via her bloodstream. Chatting to Katie, it was apparent these circumstances do not dictate her perspective on life. She has a positive outlook, and her charity work is evidence of this.  

Throughout Katie’s life, she has spent a lot of time in hospital. It was during a four-month-long hospital stay when she was 13 years old that a new idea sparked.

The formation of Cards for Bravery

Katie understands what life in hospital is like for a child. She’s been there. She described how it can often feel like the world is going by without you, and it’s very isolating. At the age of 13, during a hospital stay, Katie’s friend sent her a card. It was signed by everyone in her class at school. This card had a profound impact on her mood and outlook. She knew her friends were thinking of her, the messages in the card encouraged her to stay strong. It made her feel emotionally a lot better.

Katie when she was younger

Setting up the charity

Katie had the idea of making and distributing cards to children and teenagers in hospital. It would be an opportunity to put a smile on a child’s face and make their day whilst they were in hospital receiving treatment. It was 2015, she set up a Facebook and Instagram page and began to organise cards.

The work of the charity

  • They make homemade cards to send to children and teenagers in hospital and for children being cared for at home.
  • They have a huge Christmas card campaign for the children and teenagers who spend Christmas in hospital.
  • They send personalised Bravery Packages – A Bravery Package is essentially a care package for a selected individual between the ages of 2-21 with a long-term illness.  The charity research to see what the individual’s interests and passions are and fill a box of gifts for them. Even the box is covered with encouraging messages.
  • They are currently in the process of creating activity packs for different age groups. They are full of age-appropriate puzzles, challenges, and fun activities. These are designed to keep the individual entertained during their time in hospital.
  • During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cards for Bravery created cards for the doctors and nurses on the front line of the hospital wards.

The charity: then vs now

The charity began with Katie. Her hospital stays and school commitments meant she often had to take breaks from charity work. In recent years, more people have got involved and the charity has grown.

Since the beginning of Cards for Bravery, the charity has distributed over 11,000 cards. 1500 of them have been in the last year alone. There is a much bigger volunteer team that is currently involved. Their job roles vary from card makers, social media marketers, to administration. They distribute cards to 12 hospitals currently. Moving forward, Katie hopes to increase the number of hospitals the cards get sent to.

Cards for Bravery highlights

Katie described how running Cards for Bravery has thoroughly enriched her life. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing she’s helping thousands of people through her charity mission. Katie explained how it has given her a purpose, even on days when she is physically struggling, she can achieve a task from bed that pushes forward the charity’s progress. Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed:

  • In 2021, the English Stamp Company released a line of stamps inspired by Cards for Bravery.
  • In 2019, Katie won the Child of Courage Award in the Bishop’s Stortford Indies Awards

 

  • In 2017, Katie was one of the 10 finalists for the BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Awards. She went to Kensington Palace to meet Prince William, Prince Harry, and many other famous faces.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Cards for Bravery

The pandemic unfortunately halted some of the great efforts of the charity. Hospitals couldn’t accept packages due to hygiene safety concerns. Katie described how difficult it was knowing how many children were in the paediatric wards with limited visitors. Playrooms were shut and toys couldn’t be shared around.

The Cards for Bravery team kept making cards waiting for when it was safe to distribute them to hospitals. This situation encouraged them to make the laminated activity packs as they can easily be wiped down and used again.

 

How can you get involved to help?

If you want to assist the great work Cards for Bravery, you can do so in five ways:

  • Donate
  • Buy some card-making supplies of Card for Bravery’s wish list.
  • Make some cards and send them to the charity’s postal address. Take a look at the card guidelines.
  • Share the great work Cards for Bravery does. If you know someone who loves to make cards, direct them to Cards for Bravery .
  • Become a regular volunteer.  

The community will come together for a ‘Party in The Park’ on Saturday 16th July to celebrate the great work of local heroes like Katie.

Do you have someone in mind who does great work for our community? Nominate them for a Stortford Heroes award.

Follow Stortford Heroes on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest announcements.