MORE than 60 people attended the first screening of a new film aimed at raising awareness of a charity which provides home-based hospice care.

The five-minute film, produced by Herriot Hospice Homecare, received its first screening at the historic Ritz cinema in Thirsk.

With a soundtrack from up and coming Scottish artist Rachel Sermanni, the short tells the story of North Yorkshire farmer and racehorse trainer, David Barker, who was cared for by the charity before his death from cancer early last year.

It also features spectacular aerial footage of some of the area’s most notable beauty spots, including Swaledale, Grinton Moor, Scugdale and Roseberry Topping.

Others involved in the charity, including a bereavement counsellor, carer and charity shop volunteer, speak about their work and Rosie Page, daughter of Alf Wight – the real James Herriot- is also speaks about her role as a volunteer.

The charity’s chief executive Karen Wilkinson-Bell said: “The film can now be seen on our website and we hope it will bring our work to the attention of an even wider audience, whether that is people who may benefit from our services or those interested in volunteering or making a donation.”