Gayle Mill Trust hands over thousands to local good causes

Gayle Mill Trust volunteers with recipients of the donations.

Gayle Mill Trust has handed over £3,000 to local good causes.

The money was raised through the sale of craft items made by the group’s volunteers.

£1,000 was given to Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT).

This money was raised at the Reeth and Muker summer shows during 2019.

Hawes in Bloom, Hawes Christmas Lights fund, Wensleydale Young Farmers and Reeth Young Farmers all received £500 each.

This money was raised at the Christmas fayre held at the woodworking shed at Raygill House Farm, near Hawes.

Graham Brown, from SMRT, thanked  the volunteers for the donation.

He said: “We are very grateful for the support.

“It costs £30,000 a year to keep the team running and this will be a great help.”

Graham said the team needed to replace a large amount of equipment that had become unusable, or they were unable to recover, following recent call-outs.

The team is also hoping to purchase a £70,000 flooding response vehicle in the near future.

William Lambert, chair of the trust, said SMRT and the young farmers clubs were chosen following their support of the Dales communities after last year’s flash floods.

William said the trust had enjoyed a very successful year, although it had been tinged with sadness following the recent death of founder member Mike Thomson.

Members of the trust previously worked from 18th century Gayle Mill, near Hawes, however they had to find new premises after the building was controversially shut in 2018 by its owners North of England Civic Trust.

The trust said it needed to close for repair work to be carried out, but the trust saying the closure was unnecessary and it is understood no repair work has been carried out.