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Archbishop Presents Cheque to St Leonards Hospice and His Youth Trust

Opening the grounds of Bishopthorpe Palace

Friday 9th November 2012

The Archbishop of York presented cheques of £2,420 to both St Leonards Hospice and his Youth Trust this morning.

The £4,840 in donations comes from the proceeds raised earlier this year when the Archbishop opened the Palace Gardens to the public on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A local gala was held in the afternoon for families with lots of stalls, food and a licensed bar. In the evening, tickets sold out with around 1000 people attending the ‘Party at the Palace’ event with performances from the Goosehorns, Riding Lights Theatre Company, Shepherd Homes Brass Band and lots of local artists.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust and St Leonards Hospice were chosen to receive profits from the evening event by the organisers as two local charities helping make a positive impact in the local community.

The Archbishop said: “The Queen’s love and devotion to God and to her people throughout her 60 year reign has set us a fine example of selfless and generous service. I wanted to make the grounds at Bishopthorpe available to local people to come together to celebrate the Jubilee.  It was great to welcome around a thousand people in the evening at the biggest event the Palace has seen! We wanted to make sure that the profits from the event made a practical difference to the lives of others. I am delighted that while we all enjoyed the occasion, we are also making a donation to two charities who will ensure that the whole community, young and old, continue to benefit from the celebrations.”

Robin Rolls, Director of the Youth Trust said: “This donation will go towards much needed equipment for a project in Macclesfield that is working with young people from extremely poor backgrounds. It’s thrilling to know that young people are being helped by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust through the kindness of others”.

Martyn Callaghan, Chief Executive of St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that the Archbishop, who is President of St Leonard’s, is helping the Hospice with this generous donation towards our £3.4 million annual costs. Our patients and their families, our staff, volunteers and supporters very much value our links with successive Archbishops from the first idea of a Hospice in York in the late 1970s, and we are very grateful that Dr Sentamu is continuing this important association.”

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