A HOSPITAL has received a boost to the tune of £15,550 thanks to a popular barn-based rock concert.

Patients across Hambleton and Richmond are set to benefit following the success of the Barn That Rocks concert, held at Grazing Nook Farm near Bedale, which raised funds for The Friends of The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Farmer Peter Fall and wife Barbara put on the charity event for the seventh year running – and raised their highest amount to date.

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Live bands, a bar and high quality, local food, as well as generous sponsorship from Barkers and the Northallerton branch of Barclays Bank ensured a grand total of £15,550 was raised.

Mr Fall said: “It was a great honour and privilege to put on this event for the benefit of Friends of The Friarage this year.

“We always support local charities with the event and by donating this year’s funds to The Friarage Hospital will be to the benefit of a large amount of local people.

“As a family, we have used the services of the hospital ourselves over the years – most recently when I had a hernia operation - and have found it to be a friendly place providing a high quality of care.

“We would be more than happy to continue to support The Friarage with next year’s Barn That Rocks event, which is already in the planning in the hope of being bigger and better, with a wider choice of different local food and possibly capacity for a higher number of guests, due to growing demand for tickets year on year.”

Mr Fall wished to thank everyone who contributed to making this year’s event such a “marvellous success” and the concert has now raised more than £45,000 in seven years for local causes.

It is set to return in 2018 on June 9.