Awards night pays off for hospices

PUBLISHED: 11:24 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Darren Isted presents the massive cheque

Darren Isted presents the massive cheque

THREE major charities have benefited to the tune of £10,000 from The Comet s successful Hertfordshire Business Awards. The cash was raised at the event held last November at Willow Farm, London Colney, and will be divided between Garden House Hospice, Let

THREE major charities have benefited to the tune of £10,000 from The Comet's successful Hertfordshire Business Awards.

The cash was raised at the event held last November at Willow Farm, London Colney, and will be divided between Garden House Hospice, Letchworth Garden City, Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City, and Grove House, a day care centre for people with life threatening illnesses in St Albans.

The total amount raised by diners on the night was £3,839 which Archant, publishers of The Comet, made up to £4,500.

Compere for the evening, Coronation Street star Bradley Walsh, promised £500 to make it £5,000 and Paul O'Flanagan, of A1 Tools and Fixings, St Albans, who had been nominated for Business Person of the Year and Most Successful Business with 1-25 staff, doubled the figure with a personal donation of £5,000 to make the final charity amount £10,000.

"It was a wonderful event and I wanted to give something back to the hospices who do so much for the seriously and terminally ill especially after what they did for my late father Michael who died from cancer in 2000 at a hospice in Peterborough," said Mr O'Flanagan.

"We all sit back and take hospices for granted and when we want to do something it is too late.

"Hertfordshire businesses have supported my business and this was a way to put something back into the community which I serve. A hospice supported my mother and my family tremendously when my father was ill.

"Hospices need all the support they can get and the money raised at the awards will go a long way to helping three hospices, which is wonderful.

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