A NORTH Yorkshire deli handed over their venue to a team of children, to raise money for charity.

The Jug & Bottle in Bubwith, which usually hosts gin tasting events or pop-up bars, last week let a group of nine and ten-year-old schoolchildren run a book, toy, clothes cakes and sweets sale at the venue.

Owner Louise Smith's sons Charlie and Toby, and their classmates from Bubwith CP School set up the event in aid of Kitchen for Everyone, York (KEY), a city-centre based volunteer group that provides meals twice a week for the homeless and vulnerable.

Louise said: "The sale is something that my eldest son, Charlie, has wanted to do and organise for over two years. When I finally agreed that he was old enough to organise a sale, he was over the moon.

"I also agreed that Charlie, his brother and his friends could use the outside space at The Jug & Bottle as the location as it is a focal point in the village and I had a bit of storage space for all the donations in the run up to the sale."

As well as selling their pre-loved toys and books, the children also baked cakes to sell and organised a human fruit machine, and raised more than £150 for the charity, which will enable them to buy food and other items to help York's homeless.

Louise said: "I’m very proud of what this group of children achieved – completely down to their determination and tenacity – it reminds of me of me at the same age."

Andy Darbyshire from KEY said: "We cannot thank you enough for your amazing donation to KEY. It really does make a difference. We simply couldn’t do what we do without the incredible people/schools/businesses and groups that generously donate to us. We hope we can continue working with you fantastic people in the future."