WHITBY’S old whalebones are set to stay in the town after they were purchased by Raithwaite Hall – and now the Gazette can reveal the six charities which are in the running to receive the hotel’s £1,000 charitable donation.
The six finalists nominated by Gazette readers are Whitby RNLI Lifeboat, InterActive Whitby, Raw Animal Rescue, Gateway, the Trinity Centre and Whitby Day Hospice.
Ben Pilgrim, spokesperson for the Skelwith Group who operate Raithwaite Hall, said: “We would like everyone to have their say and have their vote to ensure that it can go to a fantastic cause and make the most difference.
“Getting the whalebones will help to preserve a significant part of Whitby’s heritage in the local area and the charitable donation will help with the town’s future.”
Whitby’s lifeboat crew save lives at sea using their two vessels and the station has a remarkable history of bravery with 49 awards for gallantry being presented.
InterActive Whitby provides quality inclusive play and leisure opportunities and respite care for local children and young people of all abilities
Norma and Dennis Carrick operate Raw Animal Rescue from their home in Gilders Green, where they run a shelter for a variety of different animals.
Gateway’s main purpose is to improve the footpath network in and around Whitby, currently focussing on the old Scarborough to Whitby railway track, now known as the Cinder Track.
The Trinity Centre provides activities for elderly people, including art and crafts, jigsaws, access to a library, newspapers and the chance to chat and socialise in a friendly atmosphere.
Whitby Day Hospice is operated by St Catherine’s Hospice and provides a day service for people with life limiting or life threatening conditions.
Check out next week’s Gazette for details of how you can vote for your preferred charity.