Residents who live on Follett Drive in Abbots Langley will have noticed a decorated bike on their street which has become somewhat of a symbol of optimism among the community in recent months.
Kath and Robert Stronach, who live on the street, have decorated the adopted bike to celebrate Red Nose Day.
This has become a tradition during the pandemic to cheer up neighbours and passers-by, with the bike was previously being decorated for the NHS and Christmas.
It gives residents and other members in the Abbots Langley community a chance to give back or donate to charity.
The bike is situated next to the Follett Drive street sign, meaning it’s seen by many passers-by who are intrigued by what it represents.
Speaking to AbbotsNews, Alison Warner, who also lives on the street, said: “It’s been ongoing for a while now and it’s been such a focal point for residents on Follett Drive and so many people have said it’s really cheered them up in what has been a really difficult year.
“In April of last year Kath and Robert decided to decorate it for the NHS to show their and the whole street’s appreciation towards them and that got such a good reaction that they decided to do the same for Christmas.
“I’ve seen so many young children excited by it and they’ve put some money in the donation tin as well. It’s been brilliant and just shows the strength of the community that we have here on Follett Drive and in Abbots Langley in general.”
As AbbotsNews went to print, Kath and Robert also confirmed their plans to do something similar for the Easter period and have plenty of other dates penned in to keep it going and to keep brightening up people’s days.
Kath said: “It’s become a little bit of a hobby for me, and it started out just being a little bit of fun to be honest. But the reaction it’s had has made me want to continue it and have it as a regular feature on the street.
“When I worked at Argos, we always did some fundraising work for Red Nose Day, so I thought it would be a good time to support them again and I’m really pleased with how much it’s raised.”
It’s not the only thing that has been going on to show the best of the Abbots Langley community on Follett Drive in the last 12 months, with residents taking part in the ‘clapping for the NHS’ every Thursday evening during the first national lockdown.
Three young girls also decorated the paving on a driveway, which Alison described at the time as “amazing”.