Review of 2013: August

A notepad and a pile of DVDs is what Wheathampstead girl Keely Montague hoped would get her through a sponsored silence in aid of a charity close to heart- Young Epilepsy.

Classic cars and motorbikes rolled on to Harpenden Common for the Classic on the Common’s 20th anniversary. Ten thousand residents packed on to the field to admire, browsing the array of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes and vans.

Blood, sweat and tears is what St Albans karate trainer Richard Telford-Nicholson and his team were expecting when they took part in a karate fight to raise money for Refuge, a charity against domestic violence.

The height of the summer saw a sharp rise in the abandonment of pet animals when rabbits and hamsters were found dumped in St Albans district.

Fears for the future of St Albans City Hospital were highlighted by the Review, as it was revealed West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust were looking to potentially move services from St Albans or Hemel Hempstead as part of the Watford health campus scheme.

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Harpenden were left devastated when a donation box to raise money for a cerebral palsy charity was stolen.

Helen Jones, customer service manager, said: “We are so upset and disgusted that someone could do something like this.

“The local charity is very, very close to our hearts.”

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