A local woman is holding two fundraising events in Welwyn Village in March and April, as well as running the Brighton Marathon, to raise money for national disability charity, United Response.

Nikki Cowen is Deputy Service Manager at United Response’s Gombards Service in Welwyn Village. In the coming weeks, she is hosting a ‘Variety Show’ on 18 March, holding a pub quiz on 2 April and running the Brighton Marathon on 17 April, all while working full-time for the service she loves.

The Variety Show will take place at Lemsford Village Hall and has a range of local acts confirmed including Jasmine Donavan, Tina Ravera, Warriors Dance Academy and many more. It promises to be a fun-filled evening with a licenced bar, a sweet stand and a raffle.

Doors will open at 7pm and tickets are £10 per person or free for children under 16. Tickets can be bought on the door.

The pub quiz will take place at the Steamer Pub in Welwyn Village. This follows its success at the same venue last year, when £792 was raised for the Gombards Service. The event will also see local band, The Alternative Rhythm and Sound Experience, playing live music. 

It will be free to attend the gig and £2 per person to enter the pub quiz, which starts at 7pm. Teams of up to six people can enter the quiz.

Nikki is training for the Brighton Marathon

Nikki was inspired to run the Brighton Marathon following her success at the London Marathon last year.

She said: “I started running for the first time last year and gave up smoking to run the London Marathon. The atmosphere in London was just electric and I’m thrilled to be running by the seaside this year.”

United Response runs the Gombards Service, a local care home supporting adults with severe and complex needs. Working at the service, Nikki has seen first-hand how extra funds can improve the lives of the people she supports.

“The funds raised last year made a huge difference. We were able to develop new sections of the garden, including a sensory section, which has been really beneficial for the people we support with complex needs,” Nikki said.


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