On Sunday 26th November, Gratitude, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special event attended by the Mayoress of Elstree and Borehamwood, Cllr. Rebecca Challice. The event was held at the Gratitude Hub and was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the invaluable contributions of the charity’s volunteers and to showcase its many achievements over the past decade.
Recognition and Appreciation
Mayoress Challice, a longtime friend of Gratitude, gave a heartwarming address in which she praised the charity’s dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others. She commended the volunteers for their selfless service and expressed her admiration for the charity’s work in promoting community spirit and resilience.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of ‘The Gratitude History Book’ to each of the charity’s volunteers. This meticulously crafted book, compiled by volunteer Carolyne Klein and beautifully illustrated with photographs by Valèria Fazekas of the Gratitude Creative Club, chronicles the evolution of Gratitude from its humble beginnings to its current status as a thriving community hub.
A Chronicle of Gratitude’s Evolution
Following the presentation, founding trustee Sheila Carlisle spoke about the charity’s many accomplishments over the past ten years. She highlighted Gratitude’s involvement in a wide range of projects, including providing food and emergency supplies to those in need, promoting mental and physical well-being, and fostering social connections within the community.
The event concluded with light refreshments and an opportunity for volunteers to socialise with each other and with the Mayoress. Also enjoying the celebrations were friends and sponsors of Gratitude, including representatives from Borehamwood Lidl, the local Ibis Hotel, Cllr Dan Ozarow, and some of our wonderful supporters. Their presence and continued support are a testament to the positive impact that Gratitude has made on the community.
The atmosphere was filled with gratitude and appreciation for the countless hours of service that have been dedicated to making Gratitude such a success.
Looking Forward with Gratitude
As Gratitude looks to the future, it is clear that its commitment to serving the community is stronger than ever. With the continued support of its volunteers and the community, Gratitude will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of others for many years to come.
Written by Carolyne Klein
Photos by Valeria Fazekas