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Over 60 Radio York listeners were in high spirits when they attended York College’s Ashfields Restaurant to help raise over £500 for the Martin House Good Night's Sleep Appeal.


The listeners were joined by some of their favourite Radio York presenters, as well as popular York actor, Martin Barrass. Guests commented on the delicious meal served and prepared by York College students. Said Martin Barrass: “The event has been an absolute pleasure and the students and restaurant have done a five-star job for such a great cause.”

The Appeal is raising funds to provide care for families who are struggling to look after children with life-limiting illnesses in North Yorkshire. Having already raised over £70,000 so far, the appeal still aims to generate another £50,000. The funds will help Martin House to achieve their aim of funding five nights’ accommodation for each of the 40 families they are working with.

A delicious menu of confit pork belly, followed by roast banana with stem ginger ice cream, was cooked by Entry Level and Level 3 students within the College’s own fully working restaurant, Ashfields. The guests were served by a mix of Entry Level, Level 2 and Level 3 York College hospitality students.

Rianne Hughes, York College tutor and Ashfields coordinator commented “The students made a tremendously important contribution. We enjoy playing an active part in the community and this event has taught the students the art of networking, as well as showcasing their outstanding catering and hospitality skills.”

Alison Wragg was amongst the guests from Martin House. During the lunch she said: “We were delighted to see so many of BBC Radio York’s listeners in Ashfields for the fundraising lunch. The welcome from the students was excellent, as was the service and the food. It was heart-warming that the community had the opportunity to come together at York College to support the appeal”.

Anna Wallace, Radio York presenter and organiser of the lunch said: “The event sold out within a couple of hours of being launched on air. It has been a great day for a great charity and we hope we will be able to come back to Ashfields restaurant again in the near future.”

BBC Radio York and Martin House will be holding further events throughout the year to raise money for the appeal. For more information you can find Martin House on Facebook or follow the appeal on Twitter by using the hashtag #gnsappeal.

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