APPLES still to play a major role in a Ripon charity’s annual fundraising calendar, despite the cancellation of an annual event.

Each October Ripon Community Link stages its Apple Day at its Ripon Walled Garden, which is attended by hundreds of people, and raises thousands of pounds for the organisation that supports adults and young people with learning disabilities.

However, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the charity has called off next month’s in order to keep members, staff, volunteers and the public safe.

Instead, it is replacing it with a number of alternatives, centred around the apples growing in its famed orchard. Whilst onsite, visitors can also enjoy a takeaway drink and purchase some home-baked produce.

Victoria Ashley, Ripon Community Link chief executive, said: “We are absolutely devastated not be able to stage our annual Apple Day. This is one of our most important fundraising events of the year, and last year alone it raised more than £3,000.

“Because of Covid, we have had to call it off, but are offering the public the opportunity to still participate in apple-related activities.