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Ilkley Carnival presents over £12k to good causes

Ilkley Carnival presents over £12k to good causes

Published at 6:03am 16th July 2015. (Updated at 5:12pm 16th July 2015)

Ilkley Carnival has paid out £12,350 to local causes, including primary beneficiaries All Saints' Primary School, Ben Rhydding Primary School, Ilkley Pre-School Playgroup and Ben Rhydding Pre-School Playgroup.

The cheques were presented to representatives of all primary beneficiaries at the Kashmiri Aroma restaurant in Burley, home of the main sponsor of the event.

Carnival chairman Andrew Stacey said: "It's a real pleasure to hand over officially the funds raised at this year's Ilkley Carnival to so many local beneficiaries, which alongside our four primary recipients include Ilkley Rugby Club, Ilkley Swimming Club, Ben Rhydding Scouts and Guides and the Tour de Yorkshire’s official charity, The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.

"It's been another fantastic year for Ilkley Carnival and the feedback we have received has been overwhelming. It’s very rewarding to know that an event which is so loved by the community does so much good in the community. We will be looking for more volunteers to join our committee for the 2016 event so please do get in touch if you’d like to help make this annual event even bigger and better than ever."

The funds raised for All Saints' Primary School will help to create a 'skills room' for all pupils to learn more about cooking, craft, music and art.

Anj O'Hearne, who coordinated its Willy Wonka parade entry, said: "We look forward to Ilkley Carnival all year and just can't wait for the big day.

"To receive funds from the event to improve our school and its facilities for the children is an incredible bonus and shows the significance of Ilkley Carnival - not just as a day's event, but as an occasion that is integral to our local community."

Tracy Fearnley, Deputy Manager of Ilkley Pre-School Playgroup, added: "The funds we've received from the Carnival will go towards school trips for the children and parents and will fund natural resources to really improve our outdoor play area.

"It's a wonderful event that does so much good for local organisations and children - we're delighted to have been a primary beneficiary."

Tariq Mahmood, owner of Kashmiri Aroma, said: "It is wonderful for us to see the looks on the faces of all beneficiaries when they realise just how much money has been raised.

"It's impressive and rewarding to hear what a difference the Carnival makes locally - we're already looking forward to next year!"