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The organiser of an inaugural event showcasing the wellbeing services in Haverhill has said it went 'better than I could ever have dreamt'.

Called 'Keeping Haverhill Happy', Saturday's event at Haverhill Leisure Centre had more than 20 organisations that are actively supporting people in the town with their wellbeing.

It was organised by Haverhill Town Council youth skills manager, Karen Chapple, and although aimed particularly at the under-25s, it was there to help people of all ages.

Michelle Brace, left, talks to Sally Robinson, from Park Run, at Keeping Haverhill Happy. Picture: Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk
Michelle Brace, left, talks to Sally Robinson, from Park Run, at Keeping Haverhill Happy. Picture: Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk

"We had over 300 people attend. In my wildest dreams I never thought we would have that many people attending.

"I think the schools really got behind it, which was great, and really shared it with their students."

Among those present were Active Suffolk, LifeLink, sports clubs, including football, rugby, gymnastics and boxing, HaveYou, Haverhill Library, Lisa Mason School of Dance, Open Mind, Park Run and emergency services cadets.

Audrey Woodley, right, manager of Haverhill Library greeting visitors to the Keeping Haverhill Happy event held at the Haverhill Leisure Centre.Picture: Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.
Audrey Woodley, right, manager of Haverhill Library greeting visitors to the Keeping Haverhill Happy event held at the Haverhill Leisure Centre.Picture: Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.

Goody bags were given out, which contained, among other things a book by Marcus Rashford, bath bombs, candles and chocolate.

Karen added: It was really beneficial and people are already saying can we have another one in six months or in a year and it is something we will look at doing again.

Just two of the 300 plus people that visited Keeping Haverhill Happy event held at the Haverhill Leisure Centre. Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.
Just two of the 300 plus people that visited Keeping Haverhill Happy event held at the Haverhill Leisure Centre. Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk.

"The main message was to share what we've got in Haverhill to improve wellbeing and it did showcase what we do have to offer and to highlight some areas that we do have gaps in, where we could work to fill in the gaps."