RYEDALE members of the Women’s Institute smashed their target when they raised more than £1,000 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Members of Appleton-le-Moors WI raised over their £500 target by taking guests on a Journey Across the World, in association with Spear Travels of Helmsley.

Carolyn Frank, organiser of the Appleton-le-Moors WI programme, said: “We are a lively WI at Appleton-le-Moors and enjoy seeing our village hall full of happy faces.

“I’m very grateful to all who put so much effort in to arrange the evening, and we are delighted to have raised so much.”

Expert speakers talked abut destinations, including Africa and Canada, with guests having the opportunity to consult with long-haul, cruises and tour experts.

Sam Humpleby, manager of Spear Travels’ Helmsley branch, said: “We were delighted to support this super event in aid of Saint Catherine’s Hospice.”

Nicky Grunwell, Ryedale area fundraiser for Saint Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We would like to thank Appleton-le-Moors WI for organising this wonderful event, which was fun, informative and enjoyed by all who attended.”