York & North Yorkshire

Harrogate igloo sale raises £2,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research

L-R: Craig Parker, Mark Baranovsky, Carl Baranovsky and Greg Davies outside igloo
Image caption Craig Parker, Mark Baranovsky, Carl Baranovsky and Greg Davies said they built the igloo for fun

An igloo put up for sale in Harrogate to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research has raised more than £2,500.

The igloo was built by 31-year-old Craig Parker, who has fought cancer three times, and four friends.

The winning bid on eBay on Thursday night was £571. A further £1,930 has been raised on a special JustGiving page set up by the group.

The new owner of the igloo, David Pitts, said: "We could start Harrogate's first ice hotel."

Mr Pitts added that he was not too worried about the expected thaw at the weekend: "If somebody books tonight it's fine, Friday night out in Harrogate, they'll be fine."

The igloo had been described as "a smartly appointed ground floor stand-alone studio apartment with a huge garden".

The men were thanked by the charity on Twitter after the sale ended.

A spokeswoman tweeted: "Thank you Greg, Carl, Mark, Craig and Tom. Brilliant idea! Donations still welcome."

One of the men who built the igloo on Monday, Tom Davies, said: "It's fantastic, the amount of people that have come forward and donated and spread the word on things like Facebook and Twitter, it's just absolutely fantastic how generous people have been."

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