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Harrogate pub smashes charity target

Georgey Spanswick of BBC Radio York with the team at the Coach and Horses for a special charity broadcast from the Harrogate pub (S).

Georgey Spanswick of BBC Radio York with the team at the Coach and Horses for a special charity broadcast from the Harrogate pub (S).

Staff at the Harrogate pub the Coach and Horses are celebrating their fundraising efforts for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The pub, which has contributed £25,000 to the hospice, played host to BBC Radio York’s breakfast with Georgey Spanswick for a special broadcast for the charity.

This took place by way of thanks from the station, as the money, handed over by landlord John Nelson, contributed to the Good Night’s Sleep Appeal to allow families to spend a night free of worry at Martin House.

Head of fundraising at the hospice Alyson Wort said: “Through our Good Night’s Sleep Appeal we hoped to raise £120,000 to fund a planned respite stay at the hospice for all of our North Yorkshire families.

“Now, thanks to everyone who has supported us, especially John, his amazing staff, and the customers and friends of the Coach and Horses, we have surpassed that target.

“I can’t thank them enough. It means so much to the families we support.”

Coach and Horses suppliers and contributors, include Elite Meats in Starbeck and Lynx Menswear and Womenswear, were also interviewed during the broadcast.

Mr Nelson said: “This is a real community based effort. Our staff, our customers and our incredibly supportive suppliers and local businesses work together to raise this money for Martin House.

“When it comes to making a difference, it’s all about people, people, people.”

Following this success, Radio York are now hoping to reach a new total of £200,000.

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