Big day at Brooklands for Skipton Auction Mart charity recipients Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton, Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope and national farming charity, the Addington Fund, have shared a £4,000 windfall thanks to fund-raising efforts at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas primestock shows last year.


Representatives of all gathered at Brooklands before the Easter break to celebrate the achievement, the proceeds for the three main annual beneficiaries having again been raised when all entries in the indoor show classes – both food and non-food related - plus other prizes donated by local businesses and individuals, were auctioned off at the festive highlight to ever-generous bidders, primarily from the regional agricultural communities


Skipton Auction Mart’s general manager, Jeremy Eaton, said: “We were again delighted to support these extremely worthwhile causes and to return to Brooklands to see at first hand the excellent work they continue to do. Warm thanks must go to all competition winners at our annual Christmas showcase for so generously donating their goods for auction and to all charity buyers who always dig deep at these events.”


Adam Brunskill, Manorlands Community Fundraiser, said: "We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved. A total of £9,001 was raised over the festive period at Craven Cattle Marts, including Addingham Sheep Breeders raising an incredible £4,863 at their annual Christmas charity lambs sale. These are two fine examples of the farming community coming together for a great local cause and all funds raised go towards providing incredible care at the hospice and in the community." 


Christine Ryder, from Blubberbouses, a Trustee of the Addington Fund, which offers a lifeline to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funds, said: “Agricultural communities have always been incredibly supportive of our charity and every penny raised will again be used to support Yorkshire farming families.”


Brooklands Headteacher Fran Cracknell said: “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of CCM.  Their fundraising efforts are much appreciated and allow our pupils to participate in additional activities which enrich their school life.”


It was the end of term assembly at Brooklands School, when students received their weekly Golden Bee Certificates, with a special trophy for Hive winners awarded to Yellow Hive. It was also a special day for one student who was celebrating his birthday and received a special card made by his classmates.