Dig For Victory team hand out £6k to two charities

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 September 2018

EMbracing summer George, Dougie and Derek
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EMbracing summer George, Dougie and Derek Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW 09,6,18

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The organisers of a popular 1940s family festival made its biggest charity donation to date.

Serving up yummy cakes and tea Kat, Zelah and Kate
Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW
09,6,18Serving up yummy cakes and tea Kat, Zelah and Kate Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW 09,6,18

The Dig For Victory Show team has announced it will be donating £6,000 to its two chosen charities this year.

The cash will be split equally between the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) and Combat Stress, making it the show’s biggest donation in its five-year history.

A GWAAC spokesman said: “We are so grateful to Sophie, James and the rest of the Dig For Victory team for their wonderful support.

“GWAAC were thrilled to be chosen as one of the event’s charity partners, and to have raised £3,000 is a fantastic amount.

Singers The Marionettes Sarah, Charlotte and Sophie
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09,6,18Singers The Marionettes Sarah, Charlotte and Sophie Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW 09,6,18

“It really is a testament to the team’s hard work and the wonderful generosity of the people of North Somerset.”

GWAAC is the district’s local air ambulance charity which provides critical care to patients most in need.

In the six months to June, the charity was called to North Somerset 159 times.

The other half of the cash was awarded to Combat Stress which is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

The Smiths and Helliers famlies enjoying a picnic
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09,6,18The Smiths and Helliers famlies enjoying a picnic Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW 09,6,18

Combat Stress provides life-changing treatment to military veterans from every service and conflict.

It offers everything from a one-hour peer support to a six-week post-traumatic stress disorder course.

Show organiser James Shopland said: “The Dig For Victory Show has community at its heart and central to our event are the good causes we raise money for each year.

“We are really proud of Dig For Victory and are absolutely delighted to be able to give such large donations to these deserving causes.”

James Cooper and Max Balber are 1970s cold war eastern block soldiers
Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW
09,6,18James Cooper and Max Balber are 1970s cold war eastern block soldiers Dig For Victory Show. TW for HW 09,6,18

The show is a war-time family festival which is run on a not-for-profit basis by a team of almost all volunteers.

The Wraxall-based event brings history alive and generations together to learn about home front life during the turbulent years of World War Two.

This year’s event saw more than 200 military vehicles and several re-enactment groups descend on North Somerset

A spitfire from The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight also made an appearance during a flypast to mark the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary.

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