The co-founders of an organisation that raises money for charities across Hertfordshire have praised the fundraising success of Standon Calling music festival.

Gordon Morrison and Jim Tatchell co-founded Helping Herts, which is raising money for 12 separate charitable organisations this year.

After appearing at Standon Calling music festival, the duo have praised the event and the efforts of their team.


Helping Herts ran a series of family events and workshops during the festival, including painting competitions, badge making and glitter tattoos.

Gordon Morrison said: "I have just returned from the end of four very successful days at Standon Calling.

"The support given by our 12 chosen charities, Stort Valley Rotary Members and the Helping Herts team was incredible.

"Thank you to everyone involved.


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"Just on one afternoon we were selling books, Phoenix were making badges, the Helping Herts team and Stort Valley members were doing glitter tattoos and Coram were entertaining tables of children with a painting competition.

"The benefit of our 12 charities working together is so obvious to see from the success at Standon Calling.”

According to the charity, the total amount raised is still being "totted up", but "is well on its way to raising over £1,000".

Jim Tatchell added: "From our excellent location right in front of the main stage we attracted hundreds of children to take part in the activities that were provided by the twelve Helping Herts charities.

The Comet: Children joining in with activities at Standon Calling music festival.Children joining in with activities at Standon Calling music festival. (Image: Helping Herts)

"We also ran a second-hand book stall and gave away cuddly toys to anyone that had left theirs at home!

"Many thanks to the organisers of Standon Calling for choosing us to be one of their chosen charities, thanks also to our charity partners and volunteers from Stort Valley Rotary as well as to our wonderful Helping Herts team.”

Helping Herts is supporting 12 charities in 2023, these include CHEXS, Coram Life Education, Herts Young Homeless, For Baby’s Sake, Herts Mind Network, Keech, Grove Cottage, Home Start Herts, Phoenix Group for Deaf Children & Adults, PlaySkill, The Ollie Foundation and NSPCC.

Further information regarding Helping Herts can be found via the organisation's website: