St Albans Mayor’s charity ball raises over £4K

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News release: 13 March 2018

The sum of £4,183 was raised for the charity Youth Talk at the Mayor of St Albans City and District’s Ball on Friday night.

At the annual Civic Ball: The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia pictured with the Mayoress Farhat Zia (to the right of the Mayor), Lord McNally (in the back row to the right of the Mayor) and various dignitaries, including the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jamie Day and the Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council.
Guests were treated to Asian-inspired food and a Bollywood-style dance performance at the fundraising event held at Sopwell Manor in Cottonmill Lane.

The event was attended by 185 guests, including Mayors and other dignitaries from across Hertfordshire.
Lord McNally, a former Minister of State for Justice and a Patron of Youth Talk, gave an after dinner speech celebrating the City of St Albans. 

Guests then danced the night away to popular songs performed by Hertfordshire-based band Co Jones.

A raffle, tombola and silent auction were held during the evening to help raise funds for the charity.

The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia, said: “I want to thank everyone who supported the annual Civic Ball and helped raise funds for Youth Talk, my mayoral charity for the year. Youth Talk works tirelessly to help young people with social, emotional and educational needs by providing a much-needed confidential counselling and support service.”  

Youth Talk’s Chief Executive, Trevor Fromant, said: “We are grateful to everyone who came to the Mayor’s Civic Ball, helping to raise funds for our small, local charity. The charity provides a much-valued counselling service for young people who are distressed and in need of support emotionally. We are dependent on grants, the generosity of donors and proceeds from fund-raising activities like the Civic Ball to deliver this service.”

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia

Contact for the Mayor’s office: 
Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer 
Tel: 01727 819544 

Contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson, 
Senior Communications Officer 
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317 
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Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia was made Mayor of the City and District of St Albans on 24 May 2017. The theme for his year in office is ‘Your Community – Our Community’. The Mayor has also chosen to support Youth Talk by raising funds for the charity during the year. The Mayor was born in Pakistan and emigrated to the UK in 1982. He currently works as a personal advisor to young people at Hertfordshire Youth Connexions.

The charity Youth Talk provides a confidential counselling service for young people, aged 13 to 25, who live, work or are in education in St Albans District. More information is available at: