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Hannah Russell
Features Writer
12:42 PM 12th December 2019

Success For First Christmas In Yorkshire Event

Last week was the first ‘Christmas in Yorkshire’ event hosted at the Garden Room Tennants. This was an event I had thought about hosting for a couple of years but decided this year to go ahead with it to raise funds for Brooke Action for working horses and donkeys.

Those of you who read my articles will know I am an ambassador for the charity and have been working with them for a few years now and even managed to get to see their work in action in East Africa in August. This made me feel so passionate about organising this event.

I really wanted to create something which could go on for many years and raise funds for such a great cause. The event was hosted on Friday 6th December 2019 and certainly got everyone in the Christmas spirit with Leyburn School Choir coming along to sing. We had non-alcoholic punch, a festive afternoon tea and a country fashion show with Frimble from Bedale and Emma Sedman Jewellery who are both local business here in the Yorkshire Dales.

The tickets for the event had sold out in a matter of days and on the day itself over 100 people attended. A total of £3,110 was raised for Brooke and everyone had such lovely comments to make. There has already been a date of Friday 4th December 2020 set for next year’s event if anyone would like to add it to their diary.

It was great to see how much people enjoyed the day. I think anytime you organise an event there is pressure as you want everyone to enjoy themselves and for everything to run as smoothly as possible!

On the day we had an original painting being raffled by Yorkshire Dales artist Sharron Russell (My Mum). The piece was a painting of ‘Little Alf and the Brooke brothers’ and raised £438.00 with 100% of the funds going to the Brooke Charity.

So although Little Alf couldn’t be there on the day there was still some part of him present! Alfie is so dirty at the moment if he was attending he would have needed a bath and somehow I think he would have caused a lot of mischief…

About Brooke - it is an international animal welfare charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules.
Operating in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, they reach over two million working horses, donkeys and mules – more than any other organisation, employing around 900 staff worldwide, including vets, animal welfare experts and development specialists.