Our Community COVID-19 Fundraisers

The response from our community to our appeal for support for our hospitals has been fantastic. On this page (in random order) we feature some of the stories behind our COVID-19 response fundraisers. At Raise we hope you are inspired to click through and support one or more of them with a donation.

Salma Shah

Salma is running 100 miles in May and aiming to raise £1,750 for Raise’s COVID-19 appeal. Early in the month she wrote “1st run and my furthest ever at 11.2 miles! A great start but still a long way to go. Tried a new route and got a little lost down some very wet and muddy bridle paths!”

Reminds us of the old joke … “My doctor told me to run 5 miles a day; by the end of the week I was 35 miles from home”. But more seriously, please support Salma at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/salma-shah4.

Steph FearonSteph and Iain Fearon

Steph and Iain Fearon are hosting a 30 minute singing session in their street – Woodlands Road in Watford – every Thursday at 7.30pm before the NHS clap to hopefully lift everyone’s spirits and raise some money in the process! There will be a different theme every week and this will also be streamed on Facebook live for you at home! Check out the Facebook link here and of course you can always contribute at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Woodlands-lockdown-sessions.

Shawn and Chloe Chloe and Shawn Oke

Chloe (6) and her brother Shawn (3) are making heroes flowers and sending them in return for donations. Their Mum is a nurse at Watford General Hospital.

You can support their fundraising at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chloeoke

The At-Home St Albans Fun Run

St Albans & St Stephens schools have a long tradition of winning the St Albans Half Marathon Fun Run for the most number of participants. Unfortunately, the event has been cancelled this year but SSAS PTA thought it would  be a good idea for the children to run the 1.5 mile distance on or around Sunday 14 June 2020.

This will be done at home, or at a nearby open space, in line with social distancing rules. The schools have chosen Raise (the West Herts hospital charity)  for their fundraising and you can contribute at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-wegenek1-ssas.


Kelly Wangwan

Kelly and her two daughters Daisy and Blossom are baking cakes for the NHS. Kelly said “We love baking and putting smiles on all those who are working above and beyond to protect and look after us, So to EACH and EVERYONE of you WE are saying a massive Thank You.”

We are the ones that should be saying Thank You Kelly.

Check out the page at  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wangwan.

Kiki Upjohn

Kiki Upjohn

Kiki Upjohn (10) has been making friendship bracelets for friends, family and people in her village. She said “I wanted to do something to put a smile on their faces. I am dropping them outside peoples’ houses on our walks and I am asking for  small donations that will go to the NHS workers at my local hospitals.” You can make a donation at Kiki’s page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kiki-upjohn. PS: Kiki, we also think you have the coolest name ever!

Luis and Jessika

Luis and Jessika Shafer

Luis and Jessika are baking!

Their first batch was these yummy-looking biscuits, over 100 of them, which were delivered to neighbours. They want to raise £100 for the staff at West Hertfordshire hospitals and you can help them get to their target at http://www.justgiving.com/Luis-Jessika-ShaferNHSfundraising.

Betsy ParkerBetsy Parker

As part of working towards her Rainbows Help the Community badge Betsy has decided to run 5km to raise money for the doctors and nurses in their fight against the ‘nasty virus’ COVID19. Please support her for this great cause. Also, just as an aside, it looks like Dad has been roped in as well … nice job Betsy!

Betsy’s page is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/holly-parker7

Mr Belldini

Lee Bell (as Mr Belldini)

Children’s entertainer and magician Mr Belldini (click the image for his website) have set up a Justgiving page linked to our COVID-19 appeal.

You can learn more about Mr Belldini by clicking this image. If you like what he does, please make a donation at  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-Bell18.

Greater London Tamil Sangam

Greater London Tamil Sangam

We are grateful to Greater London Tamil Sangam who have made their Chithirai Thiruvizha event a virtual one, at the same time raising money for us. If you would like to celebrate Chithirai Thiruvizha with a donation to support NHS staff please go to their page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greater-london-tamil-sangam-watford.

Chithirai Thiruvizha is a celebration during the Tamil month of Chithirai. It marks the coronation of Goddess Meenakshi and her marriage to Lord Sundareswara, and the Journey of Lord Alagar from Kallazhagar temple in Alagar Koyil to Madurai. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Bodie (aged 10)

Bodie is running 5,000m *every day* for 28 days for Raise (West Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity) because he wants to help our special NHS workers. We think that (1) this is a mad, mad challenge and (2) you are a young hero Bodie. Thank you so much.

Support Bodie here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Vicky-Mclellan1.

Haydan and Karis

Haydan and Karis Cobb

Haydan and Karis are both running 100 kilometres during may to raise funds to support the staff at our hospitals because “Our doctors and nurses … are amazing and are there when we need them.”

That’s a lot of running and a lovely thought!

Please help them to their target of £500 in sponsorship at their JustGiving page which is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Haydan-Karis-Cobb.