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Charity ball raises thousands for Harrogate Neighbours scheme

Charity ball raises thousands for Harrogate Neighbours scheme

Published at 5:50pm 23rd October 2017.

A charity ball has raised £12,000 to support the launch of a new housing scheme in Harrogate.

More than 160 guests attended the glitzy event hosted by Stray FM at The Old Swan Hotel in a bid to raise vital funds for the development spearheaded by not-for profit organisation Harrogate Neighbours.

The Cuttings, on Station View in Starbeck, is designed to replace the existing Greenfield Court housing scheme, which provides extra care for older and socially isolated people in Harrogate.

It's being developed in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and the Homes Communities Agency, and is being built by Keepmoat.

The charity ball was sponsored by CNG and supported by a number of local businesses.

Entertainment on the night included a heart-warming choir and band, and notable guests including the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Councillor Anne Jones, and Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd, attended the event to show their support.

An auction and raffle with prizes donated by businesses took the fundraising total for the evening to £12,000.

The money will go towards the purchase of vital, internal equipment, including a well-being suite, assisted bathrooms and activity areas to help create 55 fully equipped apartments offering security and privacy for elderly people in Harrogate.

The Cuttings - Starbeck

The Cuttings in Starbeck

Sue Cawthray, Chief Executive of Harrogate Neighbours, said: "We're overwhelmed by the amazing support we have received thus far to help reach our fundraising goals and I would like to personally thank all those people who made the evening possible.

"This is the first of many events as we continue to raise awareness and funds to support the older community in Harrogate by providing safe and stimulating environments for people to enjoy and live in.

"In addition to the internal equipment needed at The Cuttings, we are also raising money to fund a commercial kitchen which will have the potential to produce up to 1,000 meals a week to help support our existing 'Meals on Wheels' initiative."

Harrogate Neighbours is keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering, donating, fundraising, sponsoring an event or joining the team.

You can get more information at or by calling 01423 880487.

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