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Local charities receive valuable funds from St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Committee

Representatives from Waverley Driving Group and Earthworks receive their donations from the Dean, members of the Fireworks Committee and headline sponsors Debenhams Ottoway.

On Sunday 28th January, the two nominated charities for the St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular received valuable funds that will support vital work and developments. Representatives from Earthworks St Albans – an organisation which offers those with learning disabilities and mental health conditions the chance to receive training in horticulture and other land based skills – and the Waverley Driving Group RDA – which provides carriage driving for the disabled as part of the Riding for the Disabled initiative – were presented with the donations by the Dean of St Albans, the Very Rev’d Dr Jeffrey John, and the Chair of the Cathedral Fireworks Team, Paul Dean.

The money donated was raised as part of the ever popular St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular. Held in Verulamium Park, the event continues to be one of the largest in the area, attracting over 20,000 people each year. It has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities since it began over 25 years ago.

Paul Dean - Chairman of the Fireworks Committee - with Julia Manteghi and Maureen Keegan of the Waverley Driving Group RDA.Speaking of the donation, Maureen Keegan – Chairman of the Waverley Driving Group RDA – expressed her gratitude to the Cathedral Fireworks Team for their donation, saying “it will make a huge difference to the group and will help towards the cost of providing a new turnout (pony, harness and carriage).” Whilst the ponies may be the group’s most important assets, she went on to say that “our clients are our reason for being and providing them with a safe and comfortable environment is our primary concern. It is important for us to grow and this donation will go some way to helping us meet this goal.”

Stephen Pike – Joint Project Leader for Earthworks – also expressed his gratitude for their donation, saying “it will provide us with a protected and private workspace in which those who attend Earthworks can sit with a staff member and discuss the progress, aims and goals.”Paul Dean - Chairman of the Fireworks Committee - with Steve Pike (r) of Earthworks St Albans.

The event was sponsored by Debenhams Ottoway. Louise Attrup, Executive Partner, commented, “We were very proud to sponsor the St Albans Fireworks Spectacular. The event raises much needed funds for local charities who support the most disadvantaged members of our community whilst providing a great opportunity for all members of the local community to come together for a fun filled evening.”

Plans are already underway for this year’s Fireworks Spectacular which will take place on Saturday 3rd November. Full details will be published on the Cathedral’s website – www.stalbanscathedral.org – later in the year.

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