Charities share concert cash

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TWO Scarborough charities received a welcome boost from cash raised at last year’s Festive Spectacular concert.

In 13 years the annual Christmas event has raised more than £57,500 for local charities.

This year £1,000 each was given to Scarborough groups HOPE and The Meeting Place.

HOPE is a charity within the Survivors’ Trust network, based in Northway, which provides a safe place of refuge to men and women who have been affected by sexual abuse, assault or rape.

It also provides a specialist helpline, professional counselling, training, workshops, self-help and activity groups, relaxation therapies, social events, volunteering opportunities and confidence building.

The Meeting Place is somewhere children of separated families can enjoy time with other family members - usually a parent but it can be grandparents or brothers and sisters - in a safe, comfortable and neutral environment.

It offers supported contact and aims to provide a warm atmosphere and a safe environment where a parent or carer with whom the child lives can leave the child with total confidence.

Festive Spectacular concert chairman Nigel Wood said: “We were really pleased with the amount raised, especially as we were in the smaller venue of the Spa Ocean Room this year.

“I would like to thank all the people who supported us, our sponsors and the committee.”

Applications are welcomed from local charities for the funds each year and the committee tries to include a children’s charity among the recipients.

This year’s Festive Spectacular will be back in the Spa’s Grand Hall, which is undergoing a major refurbishment, on December 3.

From left, accepting a cheque on behalf of the HOPE charity, Festive Spectacular secretary Eileen Cole, committee member Graham Elliott, Mayor Hazel Lynskey, Mayoress Sheila Kettlewell, concert chairman Nigel Wood, Helen Evans and Sarah Carr who both accepted a cheque for The Meeting Place Child Contact Centre 110241