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Harrogate and District Soroptimists believe to achieve gender equality

For 16 Days of Activism starting 25 November to 10December 2020, Soroptimists everywhere will #OrangetheWorld. Each of the 16 Days we celebrate marks a step towards women’s rights and a safe space for them. Soroptimist International believes that women’s rights are human rights and through our work in the communities we work with that objective. Club members are actively involved in supporting the local Women’s Refuge. The Club recently provided household appliances and bedding to help women and their families escaping domestic violence set up home free from fear. ‘Loves Me. Loves Me Not’ bookmarks on healthy relationships, provided by
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Make Every Christmas Count for children like Felix

Children’s hospice Martin House is calling on people to Make Every Christmas Count for its families. The hospice, which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, has launched a Christmas appeal as it copes with the effects of the pandemic on its income. Clair Holdsworth, interim chief executive, said: This year has taught us all how fragile life is – but that is something felt every day in the lives of our families. That’s why, after such a challenging year, they need our support more than ever, and we want to make sure that we make Christmas
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Resurrected Bites ask for community street collection points to be setup as the demand for food increase

Resurrected Bites is continuing to support families across Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon with food parcels. The demand has nearly doubled between September and October 2020. Currently helping 240 households Distributing around 3-5 tons of food each week With the support of a team of 66 volunteers People can contact them directly if they are having trouble providing food for themselves or their family. They source food and grocery items from public donations and direct-deliveries from warehouses, where products may have been damaged or don’t have sufficient shelf life. Between September and October they have seen a near 50% increase in
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Knaresborough school receives £500 boost from local homebuilder  

Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire has donated £500 to Aspin Park Academy in Knaresborough, which the Academy will use to purchase outdoor equipment for its Early Years Foundation Stage area. Sharon Robertson, headteacher at Aspin Park Academy, said: We’re grateful for this donation from Taylor Wimpey, which allows us to invest in some much-needed new outdoor learning equipment. The new equipment will help enhance our younger children’s learning and will give the whole team a boost in what has been a challenging year. It is fantastic to receive support from a local business.   Steven Ball, sales and marketing director at Taylor
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Join county’s service children for online Remembrance service

Each year, North Yorkshire County Council’s service children’s champions, who work with the children of armed forces personnel and their families, organise an extremely well-attended Service to Remember at Ripon Cathedral for the county’s service children. Those taking part, with hymns, songs and poetry, are: Bolton-on-Swale C of E Primary School Sutton-in-Craven C of E (VC) School Richmond School Linton-on-Ouse Primary School Ripon Grammar School Holy Trinity C of E Infant School Wavell Community Infant and Junior School The Wensleydale School choir Leeming RAF Community Primary School Alanbrooke Community Primary School Northern Military Kids Choir This year, the service cannot
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Harrogate manufacturer’s continued efforts to give back to the community

Since being founded in 1952, Belzona Polymerics has grown into one of the world leading providers of high-performance polymeric repair composites and protective coatings. Originally established in Elland, Belzona has evolved into a multinational business, with head offices now in Harrogate, USA, Thailand, Canada, and China. Despite this level of growth, they are still committed to the importance of giving back to the local community in Harrogate and Yorkshire. Launched at the beginning of 2016, Belzona’s 1% Club Initiative gives employees the opportunity to spend 1% of their working time volunteering. Every year, Belzona chooses local charities to provide dedicated
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Harrogate Mumbler launch Halloween Trail

Harrogate Mumbler has created a half-term, family-friendly, town centre Halloween trail. Safe, fun and completely free, The Halloween Trail will go live on Thursday, 22 October 20202 and run each day through to the spooky day itself – Saturday, 31 October 2020. There are ten different Halloween trail images in the windows of ten participating Harrogate town centre retailers. And once all ten have been found, families can pop into any of these shops and pick up a Halloween treat! Families can download and print their own answer sheets from the Harrogate Mumbler website and there will be a limited
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Dishforth mum raises money to buy wipe-clean books and activity packs for children’s ward and clinics at Harrogate District Hospital

Dishforth mum Sarah Lynch has been raising money to buy cleanable children’s books and activities for children of all ages attending Harrogate District Hospital where her son, William, has been receiving treatment for some time. Some books and toys were removed from the Woodlands Children’s Ward and clinic waiting rooms at the hospital when Covid-19 hit in order to prevent the spread of infection. Sarah and William noticed they were missing during recent visits to the hospital and wanted to help provide a solution, aware that these items are important for service users of all ages, including carers, to provide
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Win a Cartier watch for just £10 with Martin House

You could win a Cartier watch worth £3,500 for just £10 thanks to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People. The watch is the star prize of the hospice’s Online Glitter Ball, which takes place on Friday 2nd October, and you can enter the draw to win it now. The ladies’ quartz watch is from Cartier’s Tank Solo collection, and features blue-steeled arms, stainless steel case and bracelet, and a sapphire crystal glass front. Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: This is an incredible chance to win a watch by one of the world’s top names
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Disabled access in Yorkshire – who is leading the way?

Countryside sites and venues in the Harrogate district doing great things to encourage visitors with disabilities are being sought for the 2020 Good Access Scheme award led by local charity Open Country. Members of the public are being urged to nominate local nature reserves, national park sites and outdoor venues who are going the extra mile to improve access for people with physical, learning or sensory disabilities. Previous winners have included Nosterfield Nature Reserve near Ripon and Yorkshire Water for their work at Fewston Reservoir. Open Country’s Good Access Scheme award was launched in 2015 to recognise the best countryside
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