ST MARGARET'S Christmas appeal to provide holidays for the terminally ill raised almost £4000. 'It was a fantastic amount,' said our parishioner Helen Pilling, spokesperson for the quaintly-named A Bit of A Break charity.
'The total of £3807.40 far exceeded all our expectations,' she said. 'It makes such a difference to our small, comparatively new local charity which was set up in memory of the late Angela Sturgeon, one of our former cycling companions and a dear friend who was one of the pioneers of the ongoing fund-raising effort.
'The actual amount makes such a difference to us. For example, the Christmas money will fund breaks away in beautiful places for around 25 families who are dealing with terminal illness.
'The support of St Margaret's and the response that we have had to what we are doing gives us the confidence to keep going and to try to expand what we do by sourcing more properties, speaking to more health care professionals and widening our geographical area.
'I must stress that the Christmas Appeal at St Margaret’s involved many people, some of whom are parishioners, churchgoers, or who attended concerts organised by All Saints’ Primary School, Ilkley Grammar School and Westville House School.
'We have therefore been fortunate that those attending the concerts and services throughout the Christmas period are now aware of our work. So a big thank you to all who help us, including businesses like shops and food stores and those kind people who put their properties at our disposal.'