St Albans residents donate over £500 from creative festive fundraiser

10/12/2016
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People living in an area of St Albans got creative over the festive season by putting together window displays for a Living Advent calendar and collected almost £525 in donations for us, Carers in Hertfordshire.

It was the first time Carlisle and Waverley Area Residents Association (CWARA) had organised a Living Advent calendar. It involved a different home unveiling a window display each night between December 1st and Christmas Eve.

Displays included lights and traditional nativity themed decorations as well as baubles and tinsel.

Cathy Williams-Gunn, CWARA’s Social Events Manager, who co-ordinated the fundraiser said: “Our Living Advent created a lovely build-up to Christmas culminating in over 90 residents turning out to sing carols on Christmas Eve at our last unveiling.”

She continued: “It was lovely to have such great support for our inaugural event with many children and families coming out every night to see a new window. We are incredibly pleased with the amount our few roads raised for Carers in Hertfordshire, a charity which has provided invaluable support to some of our residents.”

Each night, those that came to admire the creative displays and show their support enjoyed festive snacks and drinks and a chat with their friends and neighbours alike.

Linda Cudmore our Fundraising and Development Manager, said: “We are so grateful to Cathy for all her hard work in co-ordinating this beautiful event and a huge thank you must go to all the homes that took part. The feedback has been marvellous and it is obvious the local residents and members of CWARA are at the heart of the community. Thank you once again in organising such an original Christmas Event and raising money for Carers in Hertfordshire at the same time!”

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 CWARA Living Advent

Article by Patric Bartlett, Communications and Marketing Intern

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