£9,000 Raised For Air Ambulances At Charity Ball

More than £9,000 has been raised for air ambulance services at the Antony Capstick Memorial Charity Ball at Skipton's Rendezvous Hotel.

It was held to mark the second anniversary of Anton's death in a motorbike accident on the Isle of Man. it was organised by his widow, Jane, who celebrated his life with 251 guests.

Known as Clopper, Antony was a former Wharfedale rugby player and worked at Sutcliffe Construction in Hellifield. He wass just 36 when he died. Jane said "Although I know he will never be forgotten, I felt I wanted to do something to mark the two-year anniversary and to get all his close friends together."

The ball included a raffle prize and auction, with prizes including a England International signed rugby shirt, spa day, a tea towel signed by the cast of Emmerdale, dinner at The Fountaine Inn at Linton and signed photographs by the Craven Herald's award winning photographer Stephen Garnett. Guests also enjoyed a three course dinner and live music from local band Undercover.

Jane also commented "I'd like to thank everyone for coming to the ball and for their continued love and support over the last two years, particularly my mum, Wendy Pratt. Between us, we managed to raise a total of £9,085.19. I have been astonished by the generosity of people."

The money will be split between the Isle of Man Air Ambulance who went to Antony's aid following his accident and Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is highly supported by Wharfedale RUFC.

Pictured is Jane Capstick with Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire Regional Manager of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and RFU president John Spencer.