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Close-knit community raises vital funds for Helmsley Library

A knitting circle at the independent retirement facility Rye Court has raised £320 for the Helmsley Community Library.

The Rye Court Knitters set their needles to work creating socks, cuddly toys, hats, gloves and children’s clothing which they then sold to raise funds for the voluntary organisation. A cheque for the donation was handed over to representatives from the library who visited Rye Court.

Helmsley became a community managed library in April 2017 and is now run by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is open 21 hours a week, offering a wide range of services and facilities which are vital to local residents, including lending books, DVDs, audio books and online magazines, free use of computers, activities, a local information point and access to books for research and learning.

Jeanne Brown, who chairs the Helmsley Community Library Steering Group and trustees, working with other volunteers, said: “We were absolutely over the moon to receive this generous donation, and very touched at all the hard work which went into creating the wonderful knitted items to sell. The library wouldn’t still be here today without the local community getting behind it and volunteering or donating as they are able. There’s some ‘purls’ at Rye Court, and we’re extremely grateful for their support!”

Jackie Allen, a resident at Rye Court who organised the sale, said added: “Books open up a world of learning, escapism, adventure and helps to recall long forgotten happy memories. Many of our residents are unable to visit the Library, and their excellent delivery service is second to none. What else could we do but help raise funds for this valuable service.”

For more information about what’s happening in Helmsley go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk or follow the town on social media www.facebook.com/visithelmsley or @visithelmsley on Twitter

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Showing left to right – Cilla Heath, Sylvia MacGinley, Johnny Rhodes (Yorkshire Housing Independent Living Officer, Jackie Allen, Maggie Alexandre, and Jeanne Brown.

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