Fara Butt, marketing director at the Shire Bed Company, has been appointed as the first chairman of The Furniture Makers’ Company’s new Yorkshire and Central region fundraising committee.

The official launch event for the region, held at the famous Aakash restaurant in West Yorkshire, raised £1500 for the industry’s charity.

More than 80 people, including industry colleagues, friends and family attended the drinks reception followed by a three course meal at Britain’s biggest Indian restaurant. The evening was also supported by Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Ben Burbidge, with guest speaker Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

Fara says: “On behalf of the Yorkshire and Central region committee and The Furniture Makers’ Company, I want to thank everyone who attended and made the first ever event a tremendous success.

“This is one of many events that we have planned for the future to support our industry’s charity.”

The British furnishing industry’s charity, The Furniture Makers’ Company, helps and supports the education of students by nurturing skills and expertise, provides help to those in need and champions excellence.

The Shire Bed Company produces high quality beds, mattresses and divan bases and supplies nationally and internationally to major retailers and the contract sector including education, care and hospitality.