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We raised funds for a former colleague at our Christmas party

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and staff, we raised over £250 from a raffle that was drawn at our annual Christmas party at Beverley Rugby Club recently.

Raffle prizes were donated by businesses, including Paneltex, Drewton’s and CAM Refrigeration*, and staff. All the proceeds benefitted the Helen Bettley Memorial Fund in memory of our former Technical Manager, who passed away in 2018.

One of the Trustees of the fund, Finance Director Claire Wright, said: “Helen was a highly regarded colleague and much-loved friend who is sadly missed.

“We’re proud to be keeping Helen’s memory alive through fundraising and are delighted to have raised almost £1,500 for Helen’s Fund over the last 18 months through a series of events including a Race Night and a World Cup sweepstake.

“In addition, our area farms manager, Mark Ireland competed in the gruelling Hardwolds 80 mile race along the Yorkshire Wolds Way and raised over £1,000 for Papworth Hospital, where Helen was treated.

“Thank you to all the team who gave their support to the raffle and congratulations to delivery driver, Keith Walker, who won the most coveted prize of the evening – a ‘Duvet Day’ off donated by our MD, Nigel Upson.”

The Christmas raffle was the latest in a series of events to raise money for charitable causes in Helen’s memory. Earlier this year, a donation of £500 was made from the fund to the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre.

Pictured is Keith Walker being presented with his Duvet Day certificate by Claire Wright.

*The raffle prizes were donated by:

M&S Christmas Hamper – CAM Refrigeration Ltd
Kitchenaid 2 slice automatic toaster – Ben & Indre Lee
Bottle of Tattinger Champagne – HBP Systems Ltd
Afternoon tea for two at Drewton’s – Drewton’s Farm Shop
M&S Christmas Hamper – Ian Gelder
Circulon Professional pan set – Ben & Indre Lee
Selection of Spirits – Newstar Poultry
Sunday Lunch for two – Hanleys, Driffield
Yorkshire’s Finest Hamper – Paneltex Ltd
Festive Snug Rug and Candle – Flair Office Supplies
Duvet Day – One additional day’s holiday – Soanes Poultry