Vin­tage year More than £25k given to char­i­ties by club

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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]­cal­

Pic­tures: Tony Gil­bin and John Rogers

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.

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