Civic Society snaps Beverley from the air to raise funds for Daisy Appeal

A leading medical research charity is flying high after kicking off its 2023 fundraising campaign by receiving the proceeds from a calendar showing a bird’s eye view of Beverley.

Daisy Appeal Fundraiser Claire Levy, Beverley Civic Society Chair Dick Lidwell, Beverley Civic Society Secretary Chris Burrows, Daisy Appeal Trustee Karen Guest and Chris Harrod of Beverley Civic Society Calendar Committee

The Daisy Appeal was presented with £1,000 by Beverley and District Civic Society, which chose the charity as the beneficiary of an initiative which was originally launched to compensate for the impact of Covid and has now become an annual event.

Chris Burrows, Honorary Secretary of the Civic Society, said: “At the beginning of lockdown the streets of Beverley were deserted, which was so unusual that we took photographs of various buildings and felt they would make a good subject for a calendar.

“It did so well that we repeated the idea for 2022 and then came up with a different dimension for 2023. We plan to do it again next year and will decide on a charity nearer the time.”

Chris explained that a member of the Civic Society Jamie Newson-Smith, who also runs a drone company, used his equipment and expertise to capture images of a selection of Beverley’s historic buildings.

The cover features a photograph from high above North Bar Without showing North Bar in the foreground and extending to Beverley Minster. The Market Cross, scene of the photograph for the cheque presentation, appears on the page for August.

The calendar was sold by Civic Society members and at several outlets in the town – Guest & Philips jewellers, the shop at Beverley Minster, the Community Lift Shop, the Refill Jar and the tourist information centre.

Chris said: “This year we sold out again and I even had to give my copy away but it was all worthwhile and we raised £1,000 for the Daisy Appeal and £600 for the Civic Society.”

Karen Guest, a Daisy Appeal trustee and co-owner of Guest & Phillips, said: “The Civic Society has once again done a fantastic job in producing a calendar which does so much to raise the profile of Beverley and show the character of the town, as demonstrated by the fact that they have again sold out!

“Everybody at the Daisy Appeal was delighted to be selected as this year’s charity because in addition to generating much-needed revenue the calendar also helps to make more people aware of our work.

“We’re extremely grateful to Beverley and District Civic Society for choosing the Daisy Appeal, to everybody who worked so hard to sell the calendars and to all the people who bought a copy.”

Since its foundation in 2002 the Daisy Appeal has raised more than £22m. The Daisy Appeal Medical Research Centre opened on the Castle Hill Hospital site in 2008 and was followed, in 2014, by the opening of the Jack Brignall PET-CT Scanning Centre, housing the first in a new type of Siemens scanner in the country.

The latest addition is a Molecular Imaging Research Centre (MIRC) which has been built at a cost of £8.8m and will improve accuracy and detection rates for cancer, heart disease and dementia in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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