1930s event for Dales charity

Comply Direct team at 1930s murder mystery. (s)
Comply Direct team at 1930s murder mystery. (s)

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) stepped back in time to the 1930s for an unusual fundraising event designed to raise vital money for the Trust’s work supporting the landscape, environment and communities of the Yorkshire Dales.

A 1930s themed murder mystery evening was held at The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel at Bolton Abbey and was attended by more than 70 people, many in Thirties-style fancy dress, raising £1,025 for the charity through ticket sales, a raffle and an auction.

Among the guests was YDMT business supporter Comply Direct; a Skipton-based compliance scheme which takes on the legal obligation of its member customers under various pieces of environmental legislation in addition to providing carbon and energy management solutions.

Jessica Tennant, office manager at Comply Direct said: “Not many of our staff had previously been to a murder mystery evening and we were not disappointed.

“This will hopefully be the first of many fundraising activities with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust helping us to make a positive contribution to the upkeep of the Dales.”

David Sharrod, YDMT director said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that came along to the murder mystery night, helping us to raise a whopping £1,025 for our work across the Dales.

“We are also very grateful to The Devonshire Arms for kindly hosting this event as part of their support of the Trust as their charity partner of the year for 2011-12. I’d also like to thank the After Dark Murder Company for the excellent entertainment they provided. It was very enjoyable and a great success.”

All money raised will help YDMT to continue charitable work across the Dales such as restoring wildflower meadows, planting new native woodlands, supporting local businesses, education and outreach work, and providing training programmes for young local people wishing to learn countryside management skills.