Grand Day Out Raises Thousands for Charity
Thousands of families made their way to the Royal Cornwall Showground for The Cornwall Hospice Care Grand Day Out on Sunday 29th June. Now in it's 4th year, the Grand Day Out family fun day attracted over 5000 visitors, with £8000 raised by the charity so far.
"We were really fortunate with the weather showground, with the sun making an appearance for most of the day'' said Rose Beattie, the event organiser. ''We are delighted that so many people were enjoying the activities and there was a fantastic buzz around the ground''
The Grand Day Out took over a part of the showground and was host to live appearance from Childrens TV favourite 'Mike the Knight', as well as local entertainers Harry Kazzam and Elfic the Jester. The fun dog show saw over 200 entrants organised by The St Austell K9 Walking Group. There were a range of fun classes from 'The Waggiest Tail' through to the 'Sausage Fishing' with the class of dogs having to sit as the music stopped. The dog walkers raised £500 from the show which was donated straight to the charity.
The showground exhibition hall was transformed into a craft and produce fair with a licenced bar and live entertainment from local entertainers. With 200 craft, produce and car boot stalls trading, there was also an opportunity to pick up unusual gifts and treats, from sock monkeys to skateboards, clothing to cupcakes. There was also a pop up charity shop run by Cornwall Hospice Care's retail department selling clothes and toys.
Cornwall Sports Partnership organised a 'Sports Active Zone', allowing visitors to have a go at activities including boxing, archery, skating and football.
The show was organised by local charity Cornwall Hospice Care, and all funds raised from the event will go towards providing specialist clinical care to patients with life-limiting conditions at its two hospices; Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia's in Hayle and in other health care settings.
The majority of the charity's running costs of nearly £7 million come from the support of the local community and events, such as this. The charity would like to thank all the traders, volunteers, entertainers, sports day teams and everyone who came along to make the day such a success.