Show profits make a £5,000 difference

By Sam Acourt in Charity

Totnes Show has been making a life saving difference.

The show committee has donated more than £5,000 to local charities, including Torbay Hospital and the RNLI.

The cash raised through last year’s annual agricultural show and the show’s annual dinner held in memory of late chairman George Taylor-Hunt, was handed over at a presentation ceremony held at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes.

Margaret Taylor-Hunt, George’s widow, presented cheques for £1,550 to representatives of each of his chosen charities, Torbay RNLI and Torbay Hospital League of Friends

Colin Bower, Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We are extremely grateful for this donation which is very much needed and could be used for updating Torbay Lifeboat’s navigation equipment.’

President Patricia Roberts, chairman Peter Welch and treasurer Elizabeth Welch all attended the ceremony to collect their cheque on behalf of Torbay Hospital League of Friends and the money they received is to be used to buy priority equipment from a list of items requested at the hospital.

‘Any patient could receive benefit from this equipment which is not funded by the NHS,’ explained Patricia Roberts.

Other charities who benefitted from the show handout include; Totnes Caring, Totnes Rotary Club, Totnes Air Training Corps, Newton Abbot Community Transport, Rowcroft Hospice and Splash.

Totnes and District Show, a charity itself, is held on the last Sunday in July and is run almost entirely by volunteers.

Anyone interested in helping out either on the day itself or in the run up to the show would be welcomed by existing volunteers and the show committee alike, said show manager Linda Harvey.

‘We work hard but it is also very rewarding and we also have a lot of fun,’ she added.

‘In 2018 we celebrate our 100th anniversary which we are really excited about and have special events planned. We are always looking for keen volunteers who would like to join us.’

Anyone who would like to get involved please contact Linda at office@totnesshow. com.

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