Donations from Mayor of Bedale's masquerade ball

The Advertiser Series: (L to R) Ian wood, Mayor Amanda Coates, Deputy Mayor Christine Mollard , Helen Gowan (L to R) Ian wood, Mayor Amanda Coates, Deputy Mayor Christine Mollard , Helen Gowan

FUNDS raised at the Mayor of Bedale’s annual masquerade ball were given out to the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by Mayor Amanda Coates.

More than £1,000 was raised at the event with £500 going to each of the charities, which rely on donations and grants to provide their services 365 days a year.

Coun Coates said: "I want to thank everyone who helped with the ball, the sponsors and supporters without whom it wouldn’t be possible. It was a really enjoyable event and it is so important that we can give this money to reward these groups who make such a huge contribution to the community.

“Now we’re looking forward to the next ball, although we’re not sure when that will be, we may be taking a bit of a rest in the meantime.”

Ian Wood, of Swaledale Mountain Rescue, said: "We have to raise £25,000 a year to keep the service going so this is a good start. We had 36 call outs in 2013 and one so far this year, I believe we provide a vital service and it’s all done by volunteers.”

Helen Gowan of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, added: "We’re really grateful for this donation, we need £9,990 a day to keep the ambulances in the air so it’s donations like this that help us to carry on.”

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