Trust: Mariappa, Bachmann & Fatuga-Dada Attend Celebration Event
Watford stars Adrian Mariappa, Daniel Bachmann and Adekite Fatuga-Dada made a guest appearance at a special event celebrating the outstanding work of Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust on Wednesday (January 15).
The evening in The View at the Vicarage Road Stadium, which was hosted by the Hornets' matchday announcer and Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Saunders, also gave a glimpse into the registered charity's strategy over the next three years.
To help highlight the positive impact of the Trust, videos were shown and Emma was joined on stage by a series of guests, starting with defender Mariappa, goalkeeper Bachmann and Ladies winger Fatuga-Dada.
Next was the turn of those who had benefitted from the Trust’s programmes - firstly Rob, who spoke about his weight management journey through the Shape Up programme, recounting the difference it made to both himself and his peers. Inspirational 13-year-old Anton then shared his story of overcoming bullies with the help of Positive Minds.
The third beneficiary to take to the stage was 18-year-old Stass, who talked through the confidence in public speaking and trust in others that National Citizen Service (NCS) has given him, and how he is now taking part in an extension in the programme with a Youth Board.
Finally, Geoff, a participant on the Trust’s newly-launched reminiscence programme Golden Memories - designed for those living with dementia - spoke alongside his daughter Susan about the enjoyment the programme brings him and the positive difference it is making to his life. The night came to a close with a rousing speech from Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE.