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York College's Ashfields training restaurant hosted a private dinner for over 100 people in aid of the Martin House Goodnight Sleep Appeal, promoted by BBC Radio York.  The dinner raised over £1.6k and took the appeal close to the appeal's £200k target.

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Rianne Hughes, York College tutor and Ashfields restaurant coordinator, said: "The dinner was a huge success for Ashfields. Many of the students were nervous as we placed such high expectations on them at such an early stage in their course.  They rose to the challenge and delivered a professional performance that was complimented on by many of the guests. I am very proud of them and the continued reputation that Ashfields is building in the community."

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Guests were treated to a delicious menu prepared by Ashfields' staff and students and dinner was served in the College's atrium by hospitality students.

Adam Tomlinson, BBC Radio York presenter, said: "The evening was a great way to round off a fantastic fundraiser for Martin House Goodnight Sleep Appeal. The staff and students at York College did a fabulous job and the food, as ever,  was magnificent. Everyone really enjoyed the evening. We are very grateful to the College for allowing us to hold such a grand event. "

The evening included a raffle with prizes donated by BBC Radio York, its listeners and Martin House. Entertainment came from the five-piece live acoustic band, 'The Buffalo Skinners' and York based, singer song writer, Beth McCarthy who appeared on The Voice.

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Alison Wragg, North & East Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Martin House, said: "This has been the culmination of fantastic support for the appeal. The team in Ashfields surpassed themselves once again. It was an evening filled with great food, great company, a lot of laughs and a lot of fundraising. Everyone had a wonderful evening in support of the appeal."

The funds will provide extra care for families struggling to look after children with life-limiting illnesses in North Yorkshire. Helping Martin House to achieve their aim of funding five night's accommodation for each of the 40 families they are working with.

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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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