Teesside country house opens its doors to charities

Rudby and Butterwick-Graham Julie Martin Sandra

A family-run country house in North Yorkshire is supporting a number of Teesside charities with their fundraising efforts.

Rudby Hall, near Stokesley, opened last September as a luxury venue for corporate events, private parties and accommodation.

And owners Martin and Sandra Johnson have now nominated two charities that the business will support over the coming year.

Rudby Hall has already hosted a number of events for Butterwick Hospice, in Stockton, and a ladies lunch in support of Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, which has the support of around 40 local businesses raising money for a range of Teesside-based good causes.

Martin and Sandra will be hosting more events in the coming year for their nominated corporate charity partners.

Martin said: “Having worked across the Teesside business community for many years, I have always found it vitally important to support local good causes however we can.

“Here at Rudby Hall we have the ideal venue for hosting events and those that have taken place so far have been a huge success for the charities we’re now officially working with.”

Before re-opening last year, Rudby Hall underwent a major three-year renovation and recently opened another seven, renovated suites to more than double the number to 13.

Martin and Sandra Johnson, who themselves live on site with their family, restored the Grade II*-listed country hall in-keeping with its 19th century grandeur.

All of its suites are named after historic figures linked to the hall, which was a former Royal residence built for King William IV’s daughter, Lady Amelia Cary.

The historic home, restored by Teesside based regeneration specialists Python Properties, hit the headlines last year when Liam Gallagher and his partner, Debbie Gwyther, were among the first to stay whilst attending a wedding in the area.

Over the years, Rudby Hall has hosted a range of dignitaries, such as MPs, Prime Ministers and members of the Royal family.

• Pictured (above): Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, chief executive of Butterwick Hospice Care and his wife, Julie Leggatt-Chidgey, with Martin and Sandra Johnson, owners of Rudby Hall, at the Butterwick Hospice dinner at Rudby Hall.

 

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