Watford 'street angels' given £500 boost

From the left: Brian Weavers of the Oddfellows, Debbie Sharp of Watford Street Angels, Jenny Jemison of the Oddfellows, Kate Collins of the Oddfellows and Richard Chewter of Watford Street Angels

From the left: Brian Weavers of the Oddfellows, Debbie Sharp of Watford Street Angels, Jenny Jemison of the Oddfellows, Kate Collins of the Oddfellows and Richard Chewter of Watford Street Angels

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The Oddfellows, one of the UK’s largest and oldest friendly societies, has donated £500 to support the work of Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy.

The organisation created and organises the Street Angels team who work on the streets of Watford during Friday and Saturday evenings helping make sure clubbers get home safely.

Street Angels work closely with both the police and nightclubs to ensure that the town centre is a safe place for people who are out to enjoy themselves.

Although a Christian organisation, the Chaplaincy and Street Angels aim to be non-judgmental in their approach to people and their needs.

The donation from the Oddfellows Society will be used to buy equipment including the water, soft shoes and foil blankets that they hand out to clubbers who get themselves into difficulties.

Watford Street Angels’ Richard Chewter said: "It is always a blessing when groups such as this support the work we are doing to try to make the town a safer place. This gift will enable us to provide more equipment in order that we can serve the heart of the town in a more effective way."

John Jemison, secretary of the Great Berkhampstead District of the Oddfellows Society, said: "We have been inspired and humbled by what we have learned about the work of the Street Angels. We hope that our donation will help them continue to offer comfort and support to the vulnerable people they meet each time they venture on to the streets of Watford."

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