Gayle Mill Trust hands over donations to charities

Gayle Mill Trust volunteers hand over the money to the Great North Air Ambulance and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

Volunteers from Gayle Mill Trust have handed over fundraising totalling £1,700 to two charities.

The money has been split between Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance.

It was was raised by the trust this summer at Reeth and Muker shows where volunteers ran carpentry demonstrations and sold items they had made.

The trust previously operated out of Gayle Mill but was evicted by the landlord earlier this year.

Volunteers now work at a converted barn on the farm of trust chairman, William Lambert.

He said: “We couldn’t raise money for the mill because the future is still uncertain so we chose two charities which are very important for our rural area.

“We get a tremendous amount of support at the shows from the public, which we are very grateful for.”

The SMRT cheque was collected by volunteers Pete Roe and Steve Clough.

Steve thanked the trust for the donation, saying: “We rely solely on donations from the public.

“We don’t get any public funding whatsoever and it’s great to see such wonderful support for the charity from local people.”

18th century Gayle Mill near Hawes shut controversially in February with owners North of England Civic Trust saying it needed to close for repair work to be carried out, but the trust saying the closure was unnecessary.

William said no work had evidently taken place at Gayle Mill which is scheduled to reopen by next Easter.

“We’ve lose a whole summer of visitors which is a real shame,” he added.