Skipton Auction Mart charity fundraisers net £5,600-plus Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope have again received substantial charity windfalls from annual fundraisers at Skipton Auction Mart. Craven Cattle Marts’ high profile Christmas primestock shows and the Great Northern Pork Pie Competition staged at the end of November last year featured charity sales of pork pies, Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, fruit cakes, sponges and fodder hay – all donated by willing participants and fought for enthusiastically at the ringside by generous bidders.

Brooklands School received £1,000, part of which will be used to help fund a residential course and sightseeing visit in London for pupils this May. The remainder will be utilised to the benefit other pupils not involved in the trip.

Brooklands is already making good use of its previous year’s donation, which helped fund an Eye Gaze machine in the sensory room, a high-tech system that allows those with severe physical disabilities to access a computer by sight-only.

Headteacher Denise Sansom welcomed representatives of CCM, Manorlands and Addingham Sheepbreeders, along with reigning Great Northern Pork Pie champion Janet Green, of Farmhouse Fare in Skipton, to a presentation ceremony staged as part of the school’s afternoon assembly.

She said: “We all want to say a big thank you to all the people who have again so generously given this money. It continues to make a real difference to us here at Brooklands.”

Manorlands received £1,500 from the Christmas showcase, which incorporated the entry fee of £465 for the annual lamb carcase competition, kindly waved by Rawdon abattoir John Penny & Sons, and further supplemented by donations totalling £264 made through CCM.

This was further boosted by the £2,746 raised at Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association’s ninth annual charity lamb sale at the mart in December, plus another £130 in raffle proceeds handed over at the presentation ceremony. It brought the total realised by the association over the years to some £30,000.

Carly Brunskill, Hospice fundraiser, said: "We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved and we are so grateful for the ongoing support from both Craven Cattle Marts and the Addingham Sheepbreeders charity auction. Both have raised fantastic amounts to date, which goes towards providing incredible care both in the hospice and out in the community."