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Former England Goalkeeper Helps Disability Action Yorkshire Net £500

A former international goalkeeper has helped a Harrogate charity “net” hundreds-of-pounds to help it continue the important work it does in the local community.

Nigel Martyn, who played for England, Everton and Leeds, was amongst scores of people who attended a Disability Action Yorkshire fund-raising cocktail party, held at Restaurant Bar & Grill.

During the evening, which raised £500 for the charity, guests were able to sample two delicious cocktails – chosen and made by the RBG staff – as well as having the opportunity to make them.

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: I’d like to thank the management and staff of Restaurant Bar & Grill for hosting this event, and everyone who supported us on the night.

Being a life-long Everton fan it was lovely having Nigel Martyn with us. In addition to enjoying the cocktails, it was a great opportunity for the guests to network and find out more about the work Disability Action Yorkshire does in the area.

Disability Action Yorkshire, which was started in 1937, owns a residential care home on Harrogate’s Claro Road for adults, aged between 18 and 65, with physical disabilities.

It also runs a training centre at its Hornbeam Park headquarters, for disabled adults who are wishing to gain the skills and experience to help them into employment.

Last July, the organisation moved its Home Care team from a first floor office in Thirsk into a new, accessible building.

From here, the 30-strong team of home care assistants carry out a wide range of duties and services to people living in their homes in Thirsk, Northallerton, Bedale, Richmond, Easingwold and Ripon.

Main photograph: Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape (left), former international goalkeeper Nigel Martyn and Juliette Denman, Restaurant bar and Grill BG Assistant Manager, enjoy a cocktail at the fund-raising night

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