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Festive Opening At The Mansion House In York


8:38am 6th December 2013

 The Mansion House will once again open its doors the public today - this time with a distinctively festive flavour.

With a backdrop of Victorian opulence and charm provided by the traditional decorations adorning the Mansion House, The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Julie Gunnell is hosting an ‘open afternoon’ between 4-8pm, inviting people to join her for mulled wine, minced pies and Christmas merriment.

People also have the opportunity to make a gift donation to those less fortunate for the upcoming festive period, through one of the Lord Mayor’s charities’ - IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) and the Jack Raine foundation.

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Julie Gunnell said, “Sharing this event with residents and visitors to our wonderful city is an exciting prospect. With Christmas around the corner, this event represents a fantastic chance to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. We work closely with our civic charities, so I, as well as the rest of the civic party am pleased that we have an opportunity to support them for the festive period.”

Sarah Hill, Director of IDAS, who will be represented at the event, commented: “IDAS are delighted to be chosen as one of  the Lord Mayors charity’s this year. The Lord Mayor is a great advocate for highlighting women’s issue and bringing awareness of Domestic Violence both nationally and in the local area. The Lord Mayor will be hosting an event at the Mansion House on Friday 6th December at 4-8 for members of the public to bring a gift. The on-going generosity of the York public who donate to us is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference to families who have been experiencing domestic violence in the refuge and the community.”

Admission to the Mansion House is free of charge however there will be a small charge for refreshments, which will go to the civic charities for the 2013/14 civic year.

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