Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations boost charities

York Press: The Archbishop of York, centre, presents cheques to Sue Miller, of St Leeonard’s Hospice, and Robin Rolls, of the Youth Trust The Archbishop of York, centre, presents cheques to Sue Miller, of St Leeonard’s Hospice, and Robin Rolls, of the Youth Trust

The Archbishop of York has presented cheques of £2,420 each to both St Leonard’s Hospice and his Youth Trust.

The £4,840 was raised earlier this year when the Archbishop opened the gardens at Bishopthorpe Palace to the public for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

A local gala was held in the afternoon for families with lots of stalls, food and a licensed bar. In the evening, tickets sold out with about 1,000 people attending a Party At The Palace event.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust and St Leonard’s Hospice were chosen to receive profits from the evening as two local charities helping to make a positive impact in the local community.

The Archbishop said: “The Queen’s love and devotion to God and to her people throughout her 60 year reign has set us a fine example of selfless and generous service. I wanted to make the grounds at Bishopthorpe available to local people to come together to celebrate the Jubilee. I am delighted that while we all enjoyed the occasion, we are also making a donation to two charities who will ensure that the whole community, young and old, continue to benefit from the celebrations.”

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