Cheques totalling over £17,000 were presented to 15 charities by the organisers of the annual Emergency Services Show.
The event, held at Hullavington airfield, is run by a volunteer committee which includes representatives from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wiltshire Police, Great Western Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.
All profits are ploughed into charitable donations to support organisations with links to the emergency services, and cheques were presented as follows:
Bobby Van Trust – £2,500
SWIFT Medics – £2,500
The Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund – £2,250
The Fire Fighters Charity – £2,250
WILSAR (Wiltshire Search & Rescue) – £1,560
Caring 4 Kids (Salisbury Hospital) – £1,000
Safe Drive Stay Alive – £750
RAPID UK – £750
Wiltshire Air Ambulance – £750
Great Western Air Ambulance – £750
Freewheelers EVS – £500
SERV Wiltshire – £500
Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue – £500
Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets – £500
As well as the cheques, a number of certificates of appreciation were presented by the committee to sponsors, supporters and helpers, without whom the Show would not be as successful. These were given to:
· AC Nurden, Malmesbury – infrastructure support
· Peugeot – sponsorship
· Ringway – provision of road signs and other infrastructure support
· Wiltshire Council – provision of bins, cleansing services and other support
· Marie Poole and Ian Partington – organisation of the police dog trials
Those who couldn’t attend were Bailey Farr, Royal Canin, Total Star, Arval, Cotswold Outdoor Ltd, Kennet Sign & Display, WDS, WOMAD, Mandie Ball, Malmesbury firefighters and Rodger Hyslop.
There were also certificates of appreciation for the services that support the Show each year. These were as follows:
· Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service – received by Interim Chief Fire Officer Simon Routh-Jones and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Hartrick
· Wiltshire Police – received by Chief Constable Brian Moore and Assistant Chief Constable Patrick Geenty
· Great Western Ambulance Service – received by Associate Director Field Operations Tim Stockings
· Highways Agency – received by Sandy Osborough
The presentations were hosted at Wiltshire Police headquarters in Devizes, and the committee is grateful to local business Hayden’s Bakeries, who donated cakes for the occasion.
Last year’s Emergency Services Show, the sixth, attracted over 10,000 visitors who came from across the region to see the array of emergency service vehicles and demonstrations on offer.
Planning is now well in hand for the 2011 event, which will be held at Hullavington airfield, off J17 of the M4, on Sunday 11 September. For more information, visit www.emergencyservicesshow.com