Civic dignitaries attended an evening of mulled wine and mince pies to support a campaign run annually by a charity based in Stamford Bridge.
The Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon Susan Cunliffe-Lister, was among the guests at the event, held at Beverley Racecourse and hosted by the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Stephen Larard.
The event supported the Surviving Winter campaign, which is run by the Two Ridings Community Foundation to help alleviate suffering among older and vulnerable people during the coldest months.
Wendy Bundy, a trustee of the Two Ridings Community Foundation, boosted the appeal by giving up her winter fuel payment on the evening.
Wendy said: “Last year there were 3,000 excess winter deaths in Yorkshire and the Humber and I am delighted to give up my winter fuel payment to help those who really are in need of it.”
The Two Ridings Community Foundation serves York and North Yorkshire, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire and in just over 10 years they have distributed over £5 million in grants to support 1800 local projects. Last year they raised £10k locally for the Surviving Winter appeal.
Philip Ingham, Chairman of the Board of Trustees said, “We are delighted to be part of the UKCF Surviving Winter campaign raising funds for local projects and this year we would like to raise even more to provide this essential support, with the recent flooding experienced in our area we expect demand for support to be even higher this winter.”
Guests at the Beverley racecourse event also enjoyed a raffle with prizes donated by Mr Joe Goodhart, a Deputy Lieutenant of East Yorkshire and a trustee of the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
To find out more about the Two Ridings Community Foundation and the Surviving Winter campaign, or to make a donation you can visit www.trcf.org.uk.