Councillor's boost for help group

A CHARITY which helps people to beat their addictions has been given a municipal boost. It came from Alan Bardett who stepped down last Thursday as chairman of North Herts District Council. Cllr Bardett, who represents Knebworth, has donated £4,100 to Ste

A CHARITY which helps people to beat their addictions has been given a municipal boost.

It came from Alan Bardett who stepped down last Thursday as chairman of North Herts District Council.

Cllr Bardett, who represents Knebworth, has donated £4,100 to Stevenage-based The Living Room which offers a wide range of free addiction treatment services in the North Herts area.

The money was raised through his civic service at St Martin's Church, Knebworth, in November; his civic reception in February at Letchworth Hall Hotel and a charity race in March at Knebworth Village Hall.

Cllr Bardett said: "I chose The Living Room as my charity for the year because it has an excellent track record, fills a much-needed social gap and is local."

Simon Bloomfield, funding and development manager at The Living Room, said: "We have been delighted and privileged to receive so much fundraising support from North Herts District Council for our work in 2007.

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"We would like to thank all those involved in assisting us, particularly Alan Bardett. The £4,100 raised will help support our vital work in reducing addiction for the many clients attending our service from North Hertfordshire and our support for their families."

l Cllr Allison Ashley has taken over as chairman of the council.

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