Tour behind scenes at stately home

By Howard Williamson YORKSHIRE folk are being offered a unique tour of a stately home with a chance to help a charity as well.

The Duke of Devonshire, president of the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal, will host the event at his home – Chatsworth House in Derbyshire – on April 16.

Visitors will pay 65 a head for the tour, a champagne reception, banquet and wine. Proceeds will benefit the cardiac charity.

Alec Bloom, founder of the Heartbeat Appeal, said: "The Duke has been a tremendous supporter of the charity since its early days and we are honoured to be given this invitation.

"It should prove a memorable evening and raise money towards our 100,000 appeal to provide lifesaving balloon pumps at Leeds General Infirmary and Bradford Royal Infirmary."

The tour of the stately home will take in areas not normally open to the public.

Guests will include the Countess of Halifax, Lord St Oswald of Nostell Priory and Sir Rodney Walker.

The Heartbeat Appeal was registered as a charity in 1994 with the aim of raising funds for equipment to diagnose and treat heart disease.

It has distributed more than 1.5m in Yorkshire including 250,000 to Bradford Royal Infirmary to develop its cardiology services.

Places at the gala evening can be reserved by contacting the Heartbeat Appeal on Leeds 268 2054.