Huge compliments to the team from HATs
Horley Association of Traders (HATs) is a non-for-profit, local group of volunteers committed to building a strong sense of community through events and fundraising activities. Our main events include Horley’s Christmas fair and St. George’s Day celebrations which attract thousands of people to the town and takes months of dedicated planning and organisation. In addition, HATs raises money for Horley’s Christmas lights as the Council are unable to fund them. Over the last three years, HATs has raised over £30,000 for the town’s lights.
In 2014, County Care proactively volunteered their services to support HATs and since then the partnership has gone from strength to strength.
Led by Kelvin Lindsay, the County Care team has provided the following support over the last three years:
- Attendance at weekly HATs meetings to discuss and plan events. Kelvin Lindsay serves as a committee member and County Care representative.
- They provide Marshals for the Christmas Fair and St. George’s Day celebrations. Without these marshals, HATs would struggle to put on these popular events.
- The team help build and decorate the Santa’s Grotto for the Christmas fair. In addition, they have appeared in photo shoots to support the PR activity. The carers dress up as elfs and are responsible for the fair’s photography. Last year, one of the young adults volunteered as a Santa for the grotto. He was the ‘real’ thing!
- For St. George’s day, both the young adults and carers dress up as dragons and knights to create an unforgettable atmosphere on the day
- They also support the raffle through securing prizes from the local shops and selling tickets. As for the Christmas fair, the team feature in photoshoots to support the PR activity.
- In addition, County Care have helped secure a sponsorship deal with Tesco to use HATs Santa’s Grotto after the Christmas fair is over.
- County Care have helped raised over £30,000 for the town’s Christmas lights through delivery of sponsorship forms and raffle ticket sales.
- County Care have used their graphic design capabilities to produce posters for the events. They also ensure the events are well publicised through social media and putting posters up in the local area.
Without County Care, HATs would struggle to put on the events in Horley and raise the much needed funds for the town’s Christmas lights. We are a small group of individuals (8 members in total and not necessarily traders) with limited time and resources.
It is an absolute pleasure to partner with Kelvin and his team as they are enthusiastic, easy to work with and importantly are highly motivated to do the right thing for Horley. Personally, I have seen how both the carers and young adults have benefited from the collaboration.
HATs off to County Care for the superb contribution they have made to both HATs and the local area in the last three years – we couldn’t have done it without you!