Local needs at the heart of Ilkley Carnival

In 2016, more than £10k was raised by Ilkley Carnival which was split between primary beneficiaries, Aware (Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource), Ilkley Christchurch Scouts and Ilkley Cricket Club, with the rest being shared among other good causes in the local community.

This year, Junior Ilkley Harriers have been named primary beneficiary of the 'At The Movies' themed May Day event. Committee chairman Andrew Stacey said "Making the final decision is always a challenge with so many deserving local good causes but the Junior Ilkley Harriers' application really stood out for us. We felt that the funds raised would make a tangible difference to the Harriers who have been a part of the LS29 community for over 10 years now."

With demand for athletics growing in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding, the junior division of Ilkley Harriers was set up in 2003 by volunteers and parents. Although the Harriers have gone from strength to strength, they are in real need of funding to enable them to meet the demand of their 340 junior members.

Alison Bennet of Junior Ilkley Harriers, said, "Ilkley Harriers has provided invaluable sporting development for young people for more than 10 years but this year, we are hoping to expand by building a Compact Athletics Training Facility. Interest in athletics has increased tenfold and we are hoping to match that with state of the art training facilities. With the support of Ilkley Carnival, we will install a shale landing area for shot put, a skill that can be taught to children as young as six to improve their technique, balance, coordination and agility. The waiting list for Junior Ilkley Harriers is always growing but we just don't have the resources to coach that many children. Some Harriers travel to Halifax and beyond for shot put coaching but with the carnival funding they can train here in their hometown."

If you feel you can support this year's Ilkley Carnival, please contact Mari Hunt (carnival committee).