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FOLLOW THE TRAIL: St Albans Postboxes project returns to city to raise money for local charities (VIDEO)

 Published on: 10th December 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woolly charity project which has raised over £64,000 for charity has returned to St Albans to be bigger and better this winter.

St Albans Postboxes, a yarnbombing project which decorates postboxes across the city, has raised £15,000 so far for local charities ADD-vance and Youth Talk.

The project which was set up Clare Suttie in 2018 has grown each year with more and more volunteers getting involved to make the record number of 82 postbox toppers this year.

Jenny Smith, St Albans postboxes volunteer, spoke to STALBANSNEWS about how the trail has evolved.

She said: “We’ve grown the project every year, so it started off with 23 boxes and it grew then to 40, then to 54 and now to 82.

“We’ve got a very very talented team of makers who do everything free for us, their time, their creativity, their materials are all donated.”

This year toppers in prime locations were auctioned off by Sarah Torode from Excalibur Auctions raising an impressive £3,500 for charity.

She said: “The toppers are brilliant, it’s another way of raising money for charity, ADD-vance is a charity that is very close to my heart because I’ve got a child with autism,”

Both charities, Youth Talk and ADD-vance are extremely grateful for the funds raised from the toppers.

Debbie Wood, CEO of ADD-vance, said the trail is a delightful way to raise everyone’s spirits and raise money for charity at the same time.

She said: “Its defiantly a double bonus for us and we hope that even a lot of service users will go round and start zapping the QR codes. It’s a brilliant activity for a neurodiverse family.”

Check out some of the postboxes in the video below.

To find out more about St Albans Postboxes and to donate, head to: www.stalbanspostboxes.org.uk

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