Northumberland County Show raising cash for charity

Despite significant costs associated with a move from Corbridge to Bywell last year, the Northumberland County Show has pledged its continued support to charities and young people

The Northumberland County Show in 2013
The Northumberland County Show in 2013

Despite significant costs associated with a move from Corbridge to Bywell last year, the Northumberland County Show has pledged its continued support to charities and young people.

In advance of the event – a key highlight in the North East’s agricultural calender – George Hutchinson, president of organising body, Tynedale Agricultural Society, has announced the names of successful Bursary Award applicants who will receive funding for this September’s academic term.

The Society offers three or four bursaries every year to students born or living in Northumberland who wish to go into full-time further education in agriculture or associated subjects.

Lewis Scandle, Benjamin Rutherford and Katie Proctor will each receive grants of £1,000.

The show is also supporting local charities by offering substantial discounts on the commercial cost of trade stands.

MacMillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer, Northumbrian Blood Bikes, Farm Community Network, Cancer Research, Bright Red, RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute) and Tyne Rivers Trust are among those to benefit from the offer.

Tynedale Hospice at Home, meanwhile, is using its trade stand for an enterprising fundraising venture.

With the support of Wylam Garage, visitors can take part in a roll-the-dice competition to win a car.

The Hexham-based charity covers the wider community of Tynedale and West Northumberland and, unlike many traditional hospices, does not have in-patient beds, instead taking care to those who need it in a place of their choice.

This enables people with life-limiting illnesses to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by family and friends.

Tynedale Hospice at Home fundraising officer and events coordinator, Cathy Bates, said: “The County Show is an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness of the charity and the work it does in the region.

“With 26,000 visitors anticipated, we are hopeful this fun competition will give our funds a great boost.”

The show, which takes place at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, on May 26, will feature mo

re than 300 trade stands, main arena events and nationally renowned agricultural and equine sections. So far, there have been no nominations for the Long Service Awards this year and with only a few days left, Tynedale Agricultural Society is appealing to employers in Northumberland to put forward the names of those who have completed over 30 years of service in an agricultural-based organisation.

Nominees will be awarded with a certificate by the society’s chairman and president after the Grand Parade in the main arena. Those who know eligible candidates should contact the show office on 01434 604216. Discounted advance tickets are available online until Thursday, May 22, at www.northcountyshow.co.uk

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