A CHRISTMAS fundraiser held at the Frying Yorkshireman fish and chip shop, in Gargrave, has raised over £820 for local good causes.

The charity event was organised by joint owners Mark McManus and Dan Curley who charged £10 a head for a sit down meal with pudding and mince pies to follow and all the money raised put into the collection box.

Mark said: “We raised £467.30 on the day through the meals. On top of that donations were given to us bringing the total amount of £822.50.

“We were thrilled with the result, given that it was a bit of a last minute idea.

“We’ll definitely do this again. The atmosphere all all three sittings was really good and I think everyone who came along and took part really enjoyed it.

“We’d like to give a special thanks to Sharon and Gareth Bedford - our landlords - whose donation enabled us to have a third sitting which meant that every penny from the restaurant that day went to charity.

“Also to Robert Wellock who kindly donated potatoes. A special mention to joint owner Dan Curley, and our two staff that worked that day Simran and Tara who worked tirelessly.”

The fundraiser was supported by Andrew Steer, vicar of St Andrew’s Church, in Gargrave. The money is to be split equally between the church tower repair fund and to the Craven homeless hub, at Pinder House, Skipton, which is run by Horton Housing.