A caf in the centre of York, which offers both carrot cake and spiritual succour, has been recognised for its innovative work in the community by an award from the Duke of York's Community Initiative.

The Spurriergate Centre, based in the 12th century Church of St Michael's, Spurriergate, has provided a meeting and eating place with a difference since opening in October 1989.

It consists of two caf spaces and shops which specialise in fair trade cards, gifts and other goods.

All profits made from the centre's commercial activity are donated to St Michael's York Trust - a registered charity - which provides counselling, listening and support to the local community for free or for a donation.

Centre manager Simon Watterson, pictured, said: "It is really great to be recognised for the work that we do by such a prestigious foundation.

"We are delighted to receive the award as recognition of the valuable service the Spurriergate Centre provides to the city. I understand from the foundation the awards are to be given out by the Duke himself later in the year; and I'm sure the event will be a great experience."

Updated: 11:20 Tuesday, February 14, 2006