Yesterday I managed to put my fears aside and reversed myself off one of the high rise blocks of flat on The Meriden estate (17 floors!) to help raise money for our beloved Peace Hospice. I was one of around 100 people, including the MP Richard Harrington, who were taking part in the charity abseil. It formed part of a day of fundraising activities that Watford Community Housing Trust had put on to celebrate their fifth birthday. I raised £575 – so thanks very much to everyone that sponsored me!
It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago that the council transferred its housing stock to the Trust. Over that time they’ve invested significantly in home & community improvements, ensuring all the homes meet not only the Government’s Decent Homes Standard, but their own Watford Quality Standard. Had we stayed their landlords, we wouldn’t have been able to afford these improvements – the Trust gets to keep the rents it collects, whereas we were required to hand over the rents we collected to Central Government.
Well done to Tina and the team, keep up the hard work, but please let’s do something less nerve-racking to mark the 10th birthday!