A MILITARY band has been given a helping hand after losing valuable musical equipment in a fire.
A drum kit owned by Rickmansworth Air Training Corps (ATC) cadet sergeant, Joshua St Lyon, 17, was destroyed in a fire at his family home in Mill End in July.
After hearing about the blaze, Rickmansworth county councillor Barbara Lamb contributed £1,700 from her area budget to help the squadron cover the replacement costs.
ATC Flight Lieutenant, Dylan Foster-Edwards said: "Joshua used the drums to practise at home so they were a huge loss to him.
"This grant is a fantastic boost to the group and we are very grateful to Councillor Lamb for her help."
Ms Lamb said: "The Air Training Corps offers all sorts of activities and opportunities for young people and helps them to develop new skills, leadership, teamwork and community spirit, which will give them a head start in life, whether they decide on a career in the armed forces or not.
"I was sorry to hear about the loss of the band equipment in the fire and I'm very pleased to have been able to contribute towards the cost of replacing it."
A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.
**For more information on how to apply, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type 'locality budgets' into the search box.