AN ANIMAL rescue charity was presented with a cheque for £1,000 after it was announced as the winner of a Whitby Gazette public vote.
After purchasing Whitby’s old whalebones, Raithwaite Hall pledged to donate £1,000 to a local charity, and Raw Animal Rescue was chosen by Gazette readers.
Dennis Carrick, who operates the rescue centre with his wife Norma, said: “It’s overwhelming, it just doesn’t happen to us, it’s fantastic. You couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The money will be used to repair the roof of a shed which housed animals but that was damaged during the winter.
It will also pay for a new hen house after the current one was damaged by recent storms.
Raithwaite Hall’s Ben Pilgrim said: “We’re delighted to help such a great cause that’s very well known and respected locally.
“It’s great that Gazette readers have chosen it as their designated charity.
“Since we opened last year we have been very keen to get involved in all aspects of the community.
“Raithwaite Estate has been there for many, many years and we want to make sure it’s a full working part of the community.”
Raw Animal Rescue is operated at the Gilders Green farm which the couple rent and is funded entirely out of their own pocket, so the donation is sure to be a huge help.
Norma said: “I didn’t believe it when you told me, and Derek thought it was a hoax. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.”
Raithwaite Hall purchased the whalebones in April after it emerged they were in danger of being taken out of the town and Mr Pilgrim said work is progressing on restoring the artefacts, which date from the 1960s.
He added: “We’re looking at how we can best site them to show them off to their full potential and to give a real feature for the Raithwaite Estate and the area. We’re going to restore them to the former glory which they truly deserve.”