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Harrogate igloo auctioned 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 outside Harrogate’s newest addition to the property market

It's definitely the coolest pad in town - but the latest property to be placed on Harrogate's housing market might melt away when the big freeze ends.

Until then the igloo is raising hundreds of pounds for Yorkshire Cancer Research by being auctioned online.

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

Since being placed on Ebay, it has received more than 15,000 page views and the current bid is £531.

A further £745 has been raised on a special JustGiving page set up by the group.

'Battled on'

The igloo is described as "a smartly appointed ground floor stand-alone studio apartment with a huge garden overlooking Harrogate's Stray [200 acres of public green space in the town centre].

It was built by Mr Parker, Greg Davies, Carl Baranovsky, Mark Baranovsky and Tom Davies on Monday night as a bit of fun.

Mr Parker was first diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma - a cancer that develops in bones or soft tissue - at the age of 13.

He said: "It took us a whole day to build, and we came up against a few risks along the way, children with no building skills, dogs with yellow snow making capabilities, but we battled on.

"As the igloo was in such a great location, we thought it would be funny to put it up for sale on Ebay.

"It was a joint decision to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research as many of us have been affected by cancer.

"We can't believe how much attention the igloo has received. We didn't think for one minute that people would bid so much."

The Ebay description lists the igloo's key features as "fantastic location, easy access to Sunday league football, hand-built by four handsome Yorkshiremen".

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