Five Beverley workers were presented with grants from the Turner’s Trust earlier this month at a ceremony at Beverly Guildhall.
The Turner’s Trust is a charity set up in 1862 by local businessman Matthew Turner, to distribute payments to female domestic servants in the Beverley area.
Recipients must be of good character and employed doing domestic duties within 8 miles of the guildhall.
In 2013 the criteria was relaxed to allow men and women to apply to the trust and this year saw a man awarded a proportion of the money, the first such instance in the charity’s 152 year history.
This year Mrs J Fawcett, Mrs V Fletcher, Mrs W H Holwell, Mr A G Johnstone and Miss E McGann were rewarded for their good character and loyalty, with grants ranging from £100-£400.
Beverley mayor, Cllr Martin Cox who gave out the grants, said: “The trust has broadened out its criteria a bit by allowing men to be awarded and I think that is an important way of modernising the process.
“People who do a good job deserve to be rewarded and they were all delighted that they had been put forward by their employers.”
Since 1862 The Turner’s Trust has awarded over £96,000 to deserving local people,