Outstanding members of the village community were recognised last month as Abbots Langley Tough Ten (ALTT) hosted its annual awards event.
In October, the ALTT celebrated its 40th anniversary as residents turned out in force for the iconic run through village streets. More than £8,000 was raised and on January 27, the committee donated the funds to worthy residents and causes.
The event, which was hosted at Breakspeare School, began with a tribute to one of the ALTT’s founding fathers, George Harrison MBE, who passed away just the week before. Glasses were raised in his honour as Pat Watmore led a thanks on behalf of everyone he had known and touched.
Attention then turned to trophy giving, as the team at Sheffield’s high street store received the Graham Taylor Cup.
Pat Waterton said: “They are fondly known in the village as its fourth emergency service. It is hard work to be so accommodating at all times, but the team at Sheffields have succeeded where others may fall short.”
The team also wanted to show their thanks for the support they have received and asked if they could donate a trophy to be awarded for special endeavour. The Sheffields Special Trophy was then bestowed upon volunteer group Aims, who were thanked for their sterling work to keep the village in “immaculate” condition.
After trophies were collected, nine cheques were handed out to this year’s selected causes and individuals.
St Saviour’s RC Foodbank and St Lawrence’s Foodbank both received £275 each and Aims and Abbots Langley Bowls Club received £500. Abbots Langley Citizens Advice Bureau, Breakespeare school and the Monday Club were given £1,000, with another £1,000 given to Abbots Langley Scouts to go towards their jamboree fund.
The largest donation of the night was £3,000, going to the Sunnyside Orchard Project.
After the donations were received, chair of the ALTT John Reid announced that he was taking a step back from his involvement with the committee, and was given a raucous round of applause after more than 30 years of service.
Amongst the crowd was chairman of Abbots Langley Parish Council, councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst. He congratulated the ALTT for their continued good work, and made a £100 donation as they now look ahead to the 41st Tough Ten race, which will take place on October 1 later this year.
He said: “Their dedication to the community has been fantastic and they deserve all the applause and accolades. Giving over £8,000 to important groups in our community is so inspiring. Quarter of a million pounds raised over 40 years, just think of that figure.”
Last November, the ALTT received the Lifetime Achievement award at the MyLocalHero event. Every year they hope to make the race day event bigger and better and are on the constant lookout for new blood to help in any way they can. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Pat Waterton at email@example.com to find out more.