ONE of the biggest steam festival groups in the North has handed over £10,450 to good causes from money raised during their event.

Hunton Steam Gathering, near Leyburn, had the biggest and most successful event in its 34 year history last year and was keen to hand over the profits. It was originally held to raise money for the village's play park in 1985, since then the show has grown significantly attracting entrants from all over the country and thousands of visitors.

Run by a voluntary organising committee and an army of helpers Hunton Steam Gathering Committee held a special presentation evening to hand over donations. A spokesperson said: "We want to take this opportunity to thank our generous and accommodating land owners, tenants, sponsors loyal committee members, team of helpers, exhibitors and visiting public.

Cheques were presented to; Marie Curie, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Herriot Hospice Homecare, Hunton Parish Council, Bedale Scouts and Guides, Wensleydale Railway, Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve, Farming Community Network, Newlife helping disabled children was presented with a donation to support a local child in need, Sporting Memories Foundation, Yorebridge Sports and Leisure, Blue Sky Thinking photography and Hunton Pinfold maintenance.