Steam fayre’s £6K donation to hospice

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The organisers of the annual Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre presented a cheque for £6,000 to The Hospice of St Francis this week – even though the second day had to be cancelled due to rain.

Despite the downpour, which turned the 62-­acre showground site at Green Croft Farm, Potten End, into a mudbath, show­goers made the most of one day of sunshine to have a memorable day out.

“It wasn’t easy wading through all that mud,” said organiser Dawn Bunker, from The Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group.

“The farmer, Pete Groom, had to come out in his tractor to scrape and roll the entrance to make it flat enough for everyone to get in, but there was so much goodwill, everyone stayed ubeat and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“I’d just like to thank all the members of the public, the market traders, exhibitors and volunteers for their understanding and positivity in making it such a great day and turning out to raise much­-needed funds for The Hospice of St Francis.”

The fayre’s organisers have donated over £120,000 to the Berkhamsted-­based charity over the last eight years.

Hemel MP Mike Penning was in attendance, as one of the hospice’s patrons.

And despite the mud, the heavy horse, blacksmithing and birds of prey displays went ahead as planned, as did glassblowing, archery, farm machinery, vintage tractors, steam engines and commercial fire and military vehicle displays.

Only a few attractions didn’t make it through the mud, and the classic and vintage cars had to stay away.

Hospice spokesman Alison Allard said: “There was something for everybody and despite the threat of rain on Saturday everyone had the Dunkirk spirit, mucking in and helping to make the day a wonderful success. We’d like to thank everyone for coming and helping to raise a great amount, despite the rain.

“Special thanks must go to the organisers, suppliers and volunteers for helping us to edge towards raising 80 per cent of the £4.8 million we need every year to continue to care for people living with life­-shortening illness.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event on July 30 and 31.”