Some St Albans residents are bringing cheer to their neighbourhood despite the coronavirus pandemic, by unveiling festive-themed window displays each day until 24th December as part of a living advent calendar and we are one of the charities chosen to benefit from donations received.
This is the fifth year people living in the Carlisle Avenue and Waverley Road area of St Albans have organised this creative fundraiser and they haven’t let the coronavirus pandemic dampen the spirit of Christmas.
Instead of people gathering each night for a window to be unveiled they will be able to enjoy the displays in their own time and follow a festive trail to find and solve some clues. People can find out about the event, download the lighting-up schedule and trail sheet, and make a donation online at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=CWARA-LivingAdvent2020&pageUrl=1
The Carlisle and Waverley Area Residents Association (CWARA), which has organised this fundraiser, has a target of £500. Donations will be shared between us and Youth Talk, which provides free counselling to 13-25 year olds in the St Alban’s area.
It is the second time they have chosen Carers in Hertfordshire as a charity to benefit from the fundraiser and we are grateful for their support.
Cathy Williams-Gunn, the Association’s Social Events Manager, said: “This neighbourhood is close-knit and full of kind and creative people and this is such a cheerful thing to do at this cold and dark time of year. We do hope people will join in, enjoy our Festive Trail and help us reach our Christmas charities donations target. We decided to support Carers in Hertfordshire because the charity does amazing work and has stepped up its support to unpaid carers in response to the pandemic. Most of us know someone who is caring for a loved one and the charity provides invaluable advice and support.”
Displays so far have included plenty of lights, some snowflakes, a festive fireplace, a nativity scene and Santa travelling in his sleigh over houses.
Liz Alderson, our Fundraising Manager said: “We are grateful to CWARA and all the residents for arranging this creative fundraiser and choosing to share donations with us. I’m sure the displays and trail are bringing some festive cheer to the area after a challenging coronavirus lockdown period. The money raised will help us identify people providing unpaid care to someone ill, elderly, disabled or who misuses drugs and ensure they are informed and supported. We want carers to know they are not alone and that we are there to provide information, guidance and services to help them in their caring role whenever they need it.”
Details of the homes taking part in the living advent calendar are listed below.