Hitchin jewellers donate £3,000 to counselling charity

PUBLISHED: 12:02 31 December 2017

Winner Vanessa Cole (centre) is presented with the blue topaz pendant by Tilehouse Counselling patron Sarah Free (left) and Gatwards of Hitchin owner Anna Gatwards (right). Picture: Danny Loo

Winner Vanessa Cole (centre) is presented with the blue topaz pendant by Tilehouse Counselling patron Sarah Free (left) and Gatwards of Hitchin owner Anna Gatwards (right). Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Hitchin jewellery firm has donated thousands of pounds raised by a raffle to a counselling charity.

Market Place-based Gatwards has amassed £3,000 for Tilehouse Counselling – whose director Sue Barnes said the money would pay for an extra 100 counselling sessions for young people aged from 13 to 19.

She said: “They come to Tilehouse Counselling for a host of reasons, including depression and anxiety, problems at home and at school, bereavement and loss, issues around sexuality, bullying and self-harm.

“They often describe Tilehouse as a ‘lifeline’, which is why we work so hard to keep our vital services open and available to those who need it.

“We are deeply grateful to Gatwards for recognising the value of the work we do and for their generosity in supporting us. It is always especially gratifying to receive local support.”

To find out more, call 01462 440674 or see tilehouse.org.

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