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Sandringham Flower Show still splashes the cash despite rain

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Representatives of the many charities to benefit from the �50,000 hand-out from this year flower show.

SANDRINGHAM FLOWER SHOW CHEQUES Representatives of the many charities to benefit from the �50,000 hand-out from this year flower show.

Proceeds from the summer’s Sandringham Flower Show will boost West Norfolk charities to the tune of £50,000, say organisers.

Despite persistent rain on the day the show was as well supported as ever and a record amount of money was raised.

Chairman David Reeve said: “The people that support our show are the absolute best you can have. They come no matter what.”

Since the mid 1970s the show has raised £600,000.

Mr Reeve said: “Our first aim is to have a good show and for people to come along and get value for money and feel they have really enjoyed the day.

Having done that, if we have surplus funds that we can give to charity that’s the icing on the cake.”

One particularly poignant donation was made to Norfolk Hospice Tapping House in memory of former show secretary Stephen Pocklington, who, died in March.

Mr Reeve said Mr Pocklington was a supporter of Tapping House and they were very good to him, so it was fitting to make a donation.

Others to benefit were a number of West Norfolk schools, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH), East Anglian Air Ambulance, Little Discoverers, West Norfolk Befriending and Lynn Minster, also in memory of Stephen Pocklington.

The money given to the church will go towards making the main doors of the building more accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Mr Reeve said he was often asked the recipe for the show’s success.

He said: “I have to say that we are privileged that Her Majesty allows us to use the grounds at Sandringham, one of the most beautiful locations in the country. That’s a huge ingredient and the fact that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall always attend and the Prince and the Queen are patrons.

“Their support, enthusiasm and encouragement, together with the beautiful location, is immeasurable.”

 

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