Vintage year More than £25k given to charities by club
MORE than £25,000 has been donated to 38 regional and national charities thanks to an annual vintage show.
Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club, organisers of the annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza, hosted a special evening at Stonehouse Court Hotel and invited representatives from the charities to attend a presentation.
Club chairman Martyn Slater said: “Nearly 20,000 visitors flocked through the gates of the extravaganza during the hottest weekend of the year.
“It was one of the best attended shows in the event’s 44-year history which meant we are able to invest in the sustainability of our future shows, but also support many worthwhile charities”.
“The show which takes place at South Cerney airfield is the biggest event of its kind ran entirely by volunteers, without them, the show simply couldn’t run.
“I am immensely proud of our team of 65 volunteers.
“As a way to reward them for all their hard work and commitment to the event, each section leader nominates a charity to be a beneficiary from the profits raised.”
The largest donations went to Cobalt Appeal Fund, Diabetes UK, The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust, Cotswold Canals Trust, Gloucestershire Scouts, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 4x4 Response, Air Training Corp, Vale of Berkeley Railway, Event Mobility and the newly formed Wotton & Dursley branch of the British Heart Foundation.
The event organisers are staunch supporters of Cobalt Health and Diabetes UK.
Cobalt Health has been fundraising at the show for 17 years and in addition to the cheque presented, a team of Cobalt volunteers staffed the ticket gates and raised an additional £5,000.
Diabetes UK sells refreshments on site during the weekend and have raised £50,000 during the time they have been involved.
Mr Slater added “There is so much goodwill in the county.
“To me it’s the highlight of the year and makes all the stresses and strains of running the show all worthwhile and inspires us all to carry on.
“Each recipient was given the opportunity to say a few words about their respective causes.
“It is our hope that we are in a position to do something similar for many years to come.”
The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust, which promotes awareness of prostate cancer, was nominated when a rally volunteer had a PSA test which showed a high reading.
“Ultimately the test might’ve saved his life as no doubt it has done other men who were tested at the South Cerney show last year,” said Mr Slater.
They carried out 268 PSA checks on site at the event of which 15 came back as amber warnings and 19 as red warnings prompting further investigation for those men.
Charity founder Graham Fulford said: “Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, 47,000 cases are detected in the UK each year.
With early diagnosis there is a high rate of success.
The money will help to provide more Psa tests and hopefully save more men’s lives in our county”. [email protected]calworld.co.uk
Vale of Berkeley Railway collect a cheque for £1,000 following the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza. Below, Gloucestershire Scouts collect £1,000. Bottom, Severn Area Rescue Association are given £500.