Eating strawberries & cream for Bedford Open Door!

Renowned for its community grants programme that has awarded local groups over £9.8million during the past ten years, staff at the main Harpur Trust office on Brickhill Drive also organise a handful of office based activities every year to raise money for their chosen charity.

Last year the team of 24 chose Bedford Open Door as their charity of the year, a group that provides free and confidential counselling to disadvantaged young people (aged 13-25) in Bedfordshire. The Harpur Trust office staff organised fundraising events in small teams and collectively raised £375 from cake sales, mufti days, Easter egg raffles, sporting sweepstakes, tuck shops and serving strawberries and cream during Wimbledon. The staff room was constantly brimming with delicious goodies to tantalise the taste buds in return for a donation!

Gerry Bentley, Project Manager at Bedford Open Door accepted the £375 on behalf of the charity and shared with staff how their service has grown over the past 20 years. “Our fully qualified and experienced counsellors will see anyone aged 13-25 and provide them with an opportunity to discuss, in complete confidence, anything that is troubling them. We typically see 150 beneficiaries each year and currently have a waiting list of 50 young people who need the support of our counselling service”

The Harpur Trust has been supporting Bedford Open Door through its grants programme for a number of years and, most recently, granted an award of £16,000 to fund a project administrator for two years. Bedford Open Door relies on donations, grants and fundraising events in order to provide its free service.

To find out more about Bedford Open Door visit