March Community Hero Award Winners

Congratulations to Ben Brown and Chloe Godden, joint winners of March’s Maltings Community Hero Award. Phil Corrigan, Centre Manager at the Maltings Shopping Centre presented each winner with their £100 prize.
Verulam School Year 9 pupil Ben was so inspired after listening to Ruth Dearnley, the chief executive of Stop the Traffik, speak at the school’s Abbey service, that he decided to use his musical talent to help.
He entertained shoppers in The Maltings, playing for five hours in one day, and ended up raising £355 for the organisation.
Ben said he had “lots of people” stopping to ask him about the charity’s work, and upon being told he was busking to help stop slavery “they were happy to put their hand in their pocket”.
His efforts added to the £1,853 raised by Verulam for Stop the Traffik.
Well done Ben!

Anne Swallow receives the £100 prize on behalf of her grand-daughter Chloe Godden, joint winner of March’s Maltings Community Hero Award. Phil Corrigan, the Centre Manager presents the prize.
Chloe, a pupil at Skyswood primary, had her long hair cut off to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis care at Frimley Park, where her father receives treatment every six months for the condition.
Chloe then donated her hair to the ‘Little Princess Trust’ after wanting to help people suffering with Cancer.
Chloe started out with a fundraising target of £50 but the total has since topped £1,200!
Her mother Clare Godden, said: “My dad had cancer a few years ago and she said she wanted to do something for him. She wanted to have her hair cut and she asked if she could donate it for grandpa. Because my husband has cystic fibrosis she wanted to do something for him too.”
The family donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss, and the money raised for Frimley Park could fund a new piece of equipment.
Clare added: “She wanted to do it for daddy, to help other people like daddy. It’s quite a brave thing for such a little girl. We’re very, very proud.”
Congratulations and well done Chloe!