Dig For Victory team hand out £6k to two charities
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 September 2018
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The organisers of a popular 1940s family festival made its biggest charity donation to date.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.