Watford FC's interim head coach and players turned out to celebrate the club's Community Sports and Education Trust at a gala dinner at Vicarage Road.

Supporters, staff, partners, patrons and both current and former Hornets footballers alike gave their time to commend the work of the trust.

Interim head coach Tom Cleverley, technical consultant Jimmy Gilligan, along with Wesley Hoedt, Daniel Bachmann and Jake Livermore, represented the current team.

Former players Nigel Gibbs, Kenny Jackett, Steve Palmer, Ian Bolton and Lloyd Doyley were present too.

Ann Swanson, and trust patrons the Taylor family completed the Watford FC contingent at last week's event.

Notable political attendees were Dean Russell MP, the elected mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and deputy mayor Aga Dychton.

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The trust's gala dinner entertained its attendees with a three-course meal, live performance by local singer Big Mama Funk and talented musician Harry T Pope.

Michael Kurn took on the hosting duties and community director Rob Smith discussed the trust's significant community contributions.

Not only is the charity dinner a celebration of the trust's work in the past year, it also raises vital funds for continued community work.

This is achieved through ticket sales, raffles and an auction which closes on March 30.

The evening also celebrated trust champions awards winners who were selected by the Trust's staff.

The winners were chosen due to their engagement and benefit from the community work of the trust and inspiring others.

A table sponsorship from Watford Supporters Trust allowed the trust to invite all winners to enjoy the evening.

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The award winners included: Ellie the sustainability champion, Raymond the football champion, Ezi the community champion (youth), Oscar the education champion (under 11), Jit Mistry the volunteer champion, Alex the education champion (11+), Saeed Nazir the fundraising champion, Amanda Hadley the community champion (adult), Jolomi Nanna the physical health champion, Kate Lewers the equality champion, Paul Collins the mental health champion, and Geoff Wicken the overall trust champion.

After presentations and formalities, the dance floor was opened by the evening's entertainment.

The trust has a clear mission, vision and values and is committed to building healthier, happier, stronger communities.

It offers opportunities in Hertfordshire and London in efforts to enrich lives and enable positive futures.

There are also two community hubs run and managed by the trust, Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow, and Meriden Community Centre in Watford.

The evening was another reminder of the valued work done by Watford FC's Community Sports and Education Trust in the local community.

For anyone eager to find out more about the trust, or wish to be involved, contact details are available on the trust's website.