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Travel event team effort raises £1,000 for local hospice

Special Women’s Institute event by Appleton-le-Moors WI took guests on a journey around the world

More than 70 people attended a special event organised by Appleton le Moors WI, raising £1,000 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice. The WI at Appleton-le-Moors has raised money for the hospice for many years, but this event was a record breaker, smashing the fundraising target of £500

The event, held at the end of September, took guests on a ‘Journey Across the World’ and was held in association with Spear Travels of Helmsley, which organised expert guest speakers to talk about destinations around the globe including Africa and Canada. Guests were also given the opportunity to chat to long-haul, cruise and escorted tour experts as well as Spear’s well-travelled team of consultants. 

A supper was provided by Helmsley-headquartered Thomas the Baker, which kindly provided a selection of party platters for the event, including its deli sausage rolls which recently won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards.

Helmsley’s Saint Catherine’s Hospice charity shop was also present with rails of quality second-hand holiday clothes, suitable for all seasons, for people to peruse.

One hundred per cent of the money raised is being donated to Saint Catherine’s Hospice – with Spear Travels generously topping up the total from £925 to a round £1,000.

Carolyn Frank, who organises the Appleton-le-Moors WI programme of speakers, events and activities said: “We are a lively WI at Appleton-le-Moors and enjoy seeing our village hall full of happy faces, I’m very grateful to all who put so much effort in to arrange the evening, and we are delighted to have raised so much.”

Nicky Grunwell, Ryedale area fundraiser for Saint Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We would like to thank Appleton Le Moors WI for organising this wonderful event, which was fun, informative and enjoyed by all who attended. The fantastic total raised was £1,000, which will go towards looking after patients both at the hospice and in their own homes. Thank you also to Thomas the Baker and Spear Travels for their support in putting the event on.”

Simon Thomas, general manager at Thomas the Baker, said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to be involved in this great event and thanks go to everyone who helped organise such a wonderful evening. It gave us a chance to put our party platters to the test with the discerning palates and excellent cooks, bakers and chefs who make up the WI, so we were delighted to do our bit to help raise funds for such a wonderful local charity.”

Sam Humpleby, manager of Spear Travels’ Helmsley branch, said: “We were delighted to support this super event in aid of Saint Catherine’s Hospice. We were pleased to amass a team of expert speakers to give our guests a flavour of global travel. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience of world travel and we were delighted to be joined by African Pride, Kirker, Saga, First Class Holidays and Classic Collection. Our thanks go especially to the team from the WI that organised the event.”

Appleton-le-Moors WI has met monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the village hall since 1927 at 7pm, and is open to all women, with many members travelling from across Ryedale for ”fun, friendship and education”. The next meeting is on Wednesday October 23rd when acclaimed international photographer Jessica Fulford- Dobson will present “Skate Girls of Kabul”, at an open meeting, where both men and women are very welcome to attend.  All WI events are listed on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/appletonWI