Mart's charity auctions raise £3,000 for Brooklands School and Manorlands Hospice

Craven Herald: In the sensory room at Brookands are, from left, deputy head Liz Buffett, Cath Cromarty, Christine Clarkson, Helen Herd, Dorothy Dean and Manorlands’ Rachel Cunningham. In the sensory room at Brookands are, from left, deputy head Liz Buffett, Cath Cromarty, Christine Clarkson, Helen Herd, Dorothy Dean and Manorlands’ Rachel Cunningham.

Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope have again benefited from the proceeds of charity auctions staged following the annual Christmas primestock shows and Great Northern Pork Pie Competition at Skipton Auction Mart last December.

The events, the pinnacle of Skipton’s primestock year for regional farmers, independent family butchers and meat wholesalers, netted over £3,000 when pork pies, Christmas fruit cakes, Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and fodder hay were auctioned off to a host of enthusiastic bidders.

All items entered for competitions were donated by participants to raise money for the two causes, supplemented by donations from many other individuals.

Now Brooklands Community Special School has been presented with the £1,000 proceeds of the fruit cakes and Scotch eggs auctions, which will be used to further equip the school’s pioneering sensory room, while Manorlands received £2,000-plus from the auction of pork pies and fodder hay.

Some of the leading players – cake competition organiser Cath Cromarty, of Beamsley, 2013 winner Dorothy Dean, of Threshfield, and co-judges Helen Herd, of Hebden, and Christine Clarkson, of Carleton, attended a special assembly at Brooklands School, where they were joined by Manorlands fundraiser Rachel Cunningham.

All were involved in presenting special merit badges earned by pupils.

They were welcomed and thanked by deputy head Liz Buffett and student Megan Spencer, of Skipton, handed over a certificate from the school, which read: “Thank you to the ladies who baked the cakes and everyone at the auction mart who helped to raise so much money to help make our sensory room fantastic!”

Mrs Buffett said: “The sensory room is integral to the school and continues to enhance and enrich our children’s education. The latest money raised through the auction mart will be used to buy much-needed new equipment.”

Manorlands’ Rachel Cunningham said: “On behalf of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to making the annual charity auction such a success.

“To see so many people continue to support the event really is testament to the kind generosity of the local farming community.”

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