Three organisations have received £1,000 as a campaign to support the 'superheroes' of the pandemic comes to a close.

Bushey-based Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care UK has visited hundreds of places over the last few months, including schools, hospitals, and supermarkets handing out care packages to key workers.

Now the Jain faith-based charity has concluded its 'Support Our Superheroes' campaign by donating £3,000.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust charity Raise, Watford and District Mencap Society, and Noah's Ark Children's Hospice in Chipping Barnet will each receive £1,000.

The money will help pay for volunteer projects and equipment for both staff and those the organisations help.

Watford Observer:

Staff at Watford General Hospital

Freya Hollingsworth, fundraising officer at Raise said: "During the COVID-19 outbreak, trust staff have had to deal with further implications of the pandemic, causing further stress and impacting on staff mental health and wellbeing.

"We are very grateful to receive the support from the Shrimad Rajchandra, Love and Care UK team to further our work with Watford FC Trust.

"The funds will be going towards putting on a number of fitness classes with the goal to improve staff mental health and wellbeing."

Watford Observer:


The Watford & District Mencap Society will use the funds to provide staff with fresh new uniforms and self-care items such as thermometers and personal flasks.

Simon Evans, support manager at Watford Mencap, said: "Our teams have worked tirelessly through the pandemic and thanks to them people living in our residential care homes and supported living projects have remained safe, active and happy.

"This generous offer from Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care UK will help us to show appreciation to the superheroes within our charity."

Watford Observer:

Watford Mencap

Charlotte Allridge, head of holistic services at Noah’s Ark, added: "As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a significant rise in demand for our end-of-life care and bereavement services.

"The high number of deaths in The Ark has challenged the skills and resilience of the staff at Noah’s Ark.

"This grant will enable the delivery of urgently needed bereavement training for our care team, ensuring that staff are equipped and supported to cope and respond to this ongoing crisis."

Watford Observer:

Noah's Ark

Ashwin Mehta trustee of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK and project lead, said: "We are delighted to support these incredible organisations who staff have been at the frontline during the worst of the Covid-pandemic making a huge difference to those in real need."