Britain's leading retirement specialist, McCarthy & Stone, has pledged its support to the community in West Yorkshire.

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  • McCarthy & Stone has donated £1,500 to ensure the survival of a historic event held in honour of the area's over 75s or older population.

    The future of the Horsforth Gathering had looked in doubt because of growing financial pressures faced by the organisers, leading to fears last year's event would be the final one.

    When news of this reached McCarthy & Stone, which is currently selling properties at its Stanhope Court development on Brownberrie Lane, the group stepped in and offered to help the Horsforth Charity Committee, which organise the meeting.

    Fiona Brooks, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, said: "As a developer, we try to build not just places where people want to live, but also provide quality properties that encourage a real sense of community and local pride.

    "Gathering is an old tradition in Horsforth enjoyed by the community every year and we wanted to make sure it stayed that way. We are more than happy to help keep this historic event going."

    Hundreds of pensioners have enjoyed the event every year since 1946 and it is considered an important pastime to local people. It was established to help residents pay for doctors' bills and medication and to help break down social isolation for the village's elderly residents.

    The gathering, which is in its 67th year and took place on August 2, sees pensioners aged 75 and over meet for tea, coffee and entertainment for one afternoon each year.

    John Hall, of the Horsforth Charity Committee, said: "This is a very important event in Horsforth and to the community. People really look forward to it. For some, they don't get out apart from going to the gathering.

    "This donation from McCarthy & Stone will certainly help towards securing next year's Horsforth Gathering. It was a great day, and we are thankful to McCarthy & Stone for its help."

    Stanhope Court takes its name from the Stanhope family which ruled Horsforth for 300 years between the 16th and 19th centuries.

    The Later Living development of 41 one and two bedroom retirement apartments, offers the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an environment specifically designed for those reaching their later years. Reduced maintenance and property administration provides more time for people to embrace the possibilities of retirement, while state of the art safety and security features and a range of communal areas and facilities mean greater peace of mind and companionship.

    In addition to a low maintenance property, residents can enjoy landscaped gardens and a shared lounge and family and friends can even come to stay in a hotel-style guest suite. Prices start from £159,950.

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