Charities across the county began the New Year with a wealth of windfalls when staff at Bettys & Taylors donated more than £75,000 to good causes close to their hearts.
Representatives from six Yorkshire charities joined staff from the six Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Craft Bakery, Bettys Cookery School and Taylors of Harrogate to receive their cheques.
Funds amassed through sponsored cycle rides, car washing, quiz nights, cake bakes and half marathons were matched pound for pound by the business.
Steve Draper and Nicola Skaife from Bettys Harrogate presented their cheque for over £5,000 to Anne Wells from Carers’ Resource, which provides practical and emotional support to unpaid carers.
Mrss Wells said: “The money donated will be used by our Young Carers’ team to make a real difference to the lives of 12 of the most disadvantaged young carers living locally. This will provide a chance for them to mix with other young carers and have a break from the constant worry at home.”
Su Halliday and Janet Parker from Bettys RHS Harlow Carr gave a cheque for more than £3,000 to Paula Middlebrook from the Macmillan Dales Unit at Harrogate Hospital.
Mrs Middlebrook said: “This will help continue funding the complementary therapy service which is completely reliant upon charitable donations. The service provides overall wellbeing and relaxation through massage and aromatherapy for example, to both patients having chemotherapy and also to carers.
“Once our new cancer unit is built, we aim to increase the availability of complementary therapy.”
Bettys Craft Bakery, Bettys Cookery School and Taylors of Harrogate handed over cheques totalling more than £13,000 to Charlotte Stern, representing Macmillan Cancer Support.
Miss Stern said: “Everyone at Bettys & Taylors has dug deep and raised lots of money to help people affected by cancer in Harrogate and the surrounding areas.”
Bettys & Taylors Community Projects Officer, Sarah Wells, said: “Even in difficult economic conditions, staff at our family business have found it in their hearts to think of others, raising over £37,500 for six charities in Yorkshire. The matched funding from the company has then been distributed to nearly 70 good causes in the county and also in the countries from where we buy our tea and coffee.”