£46,000 to charity thanks to our supporters

Over 2,100 cars exhibited, 14,000 visitors, our sponsors and supporters, you all helped us to raise an amazing £46,000 which has been distributed to 14 charities this weekend.

Our special presentation event held and Sherborne Castle on Friday, was attended by representatives of the recipient charities together with our sponsors and supporters, Yeovil Inner Wheel and members of the Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.

Our event Presidents, Edward and Maria Winfield Digby, presented a cheque for £10,000 to our headline charity, Cancer Research UK.   The remainder of the charitable money was presented to a range of local charities, all of whom operate within 30 miles of our show site.  Each received sums between £2,750 and £3,000, which to these small and dedicated charities makes a significant difference.  Thank you to everyone who helped us make this possible.

Recipients were:

Cancer Research UK – An Internationally respected organisation dedicated to Cancer research and 80p of every poud donated goes directly to Research.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Our local emergency response organisation who need to raise £2 million per year.

St Margaret’s Hospice – At the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

Like Minds – Started in October 2015. Like Minds works with people experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions, whether diagnosed or not. The project provides one to one counselling as well as facilitated and peer support groups.

Riding for the Disabled – The aim is to enable riders of all abilities to ride a pony or a mechanical horse/ riding simulator.  We have 80 riders registered of all ages from 4yrs up to 80yrs.

Wincanton Parkinson’s UKThe Charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. It endeavours to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s. Striving for better treatments in years – not decades.

Yeovil Free Wheelers  – The longest serving blood bike group in the UK starting up in 1978. Our Group has no financial support from national or local government nor from Yeovil District Hospital, the source of the majority of our tasks. All members are volunteers

Mosaic. Supporting Bereaved Children in Dorset – A child–centred service, offering a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families. Also providing support for young people who are facing the death of a parent or loved one.

Go Girls.Supports women with gynaecological cancers with their unique blend of advice, support and hugs.  This year they have raised £25,000 for the Cancer Appeal to fund a counselling suite at Dorset County Hospital.

Growing SpaceA charity, working in the Balsam Centre. They grow the fruit and veg for the café and local schools, whilst helping people who are experiencing emotional difficulties. They also run activities to boost self-confidence and give training and support to people with learning disabilities.

Future Roots. – Founded by Julie Plumley in 2006. It uses two farming sites in Dorset to provide effective solutions to health and social problems by re-engaging young people with learning and enhance the well-being of adults when they are isolated or have long term illnesses.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association  Provides support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.

Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre  – Operating at Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne for the benefit of the community in general and youth organisations in particular. It runs its own youth club and hosts a church youth club.

Diabetes Research –  An organisation focused on research into a biological Cure for Diabetes

The Rendezvous – If you are 14 – 25 The Rendezvous is the place where you can get a friendly listening ear and emotional support if you need it – plus all the info you want on jobs, housing, health and relationships. It has a coffee bar and music studio and can help young people get qualifications, new skills and find work.

If you are a charity operating within a 30 mile radius of Sherborne, click here to apply for a donation from next years show, which will be held on Sunday 15th July 2018 when our marque feature will be Landrover.