Sir Hugh Bayley sponsored walk in support of Lord Mayor of York Fund September 2020

Sir Hugh Bayley, MP for York from 1992-2015, is raising money for the Lord Mayor of York’s Fund – with a ten-day sponsored walk along North Yorkshire’s Cleveland Way. He will walk the 110 mile route from Helmsley, via Osmotherley and Staithes, to Filey between 7 and 16 September 2020.

The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker is teaming up with Two Ridings Community Foundation to support fundraising for the 2020/2021 Civic year.

Sir Hugh says: “Janet knows York like the back of her hand, and saw immediately the devastating impact that Covid is having, especially on children and young people who have lost education, training and jobs and on community arts groups. She is good at recognising hardship and knows how and where money does most good.”

Every penny raised will go direct to the Lord Mayor’s Fund, managed by Two Ridings Community Foundation.

The partnership between Two Ridings and the Lord Mayor will replace the Lord Mayor’s annual fundraising committee, and will concentrate on benefitting organisations and individuals in York by making grants of up to £5,000 within two categories; children and young people and community arts.

Cllr Looker said: “I look forward to working with the Two Ridings Community Foundation to ensure that awards will be made where the need is greatest, attempting to encourage educational and cultural opportunities for our young people and to promote cultural activity in York. We acknowledge there may be difficulties attracting charitable funds this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. However we recognise the importance and value of supporting York’s young people and investing in community arts, and will use this civic year to help build back a better York.”


If you’d rather send a cheque please make it payable to ‘Two Ridings Community Foundation’ endorsed on the back ‘Hugh Bayley sponsorship for the Lord Mayor of York’s Fund’ to Two Ridings Community Foundation, Pavilion 2000, Amy Johnson Way, York. YO30 4XT.