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Super Sunflower presented with prize

[Wednesday 30 May 2007]
mascot presentation
Sunflower is top fundraiser

A FUNDRAISING Yorkshire Dales man was presented with a certificate and trophy this week after being proclaimed as the highest money raising mascot in last month's Great North Mascot Steeplechase - an annual fundraiser organised by the Yorkshire's Young Farmers.

Michael Hall represented Coniston Hall Hotel and ran as the official Sue Ryder Care mascot - as Sonny the Sunflower he raised £1200 in sponsorship for Manorlands hospice.

Sixty two other mascots from throughout the country travelled to Wetherby to take part in the Sky bet sponsored race, and whilst Sonny was placed a respectable 8th in the 1 furlong dash over 5 fences, Michael was even more pleased with his result in the fundraising competition.

"After being challenged by Coniston Hall Hotel owner Tom Banister to run in the steeplechase we only had 10 days to bring in the sponsorship. Yet the sponsors were very generous and we are delighted to have come out as the highest money raisers for such a good local cause."

Michael and Tom were presented with their certificate at the hotel by the presentation party of other racing mascots, Lamby, Beefy and Potato Pete. Lamby, AKA Sue Ryder Care fundraiser Andrew Wood was full of praise for their efforts.

"The team at Coniston Hall made a fantastic effort to raise so much in just ten days and helped Sue Ryder Care bring in a fantastic £13,000 in total for the event. Sue Ryder Care requires £8m each year just to care for our patients in Yorkshire alone and support such as this is crucial in helping us to be able to continue our services."

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