Donations blossom from a unique Norfolk event
- Credit: Ian Burt
More than 25 good causes shared in the proceeds from the 2016 Sandringham Flower Show at a special reception tonight.
Long after the crowds go home and the marquees come down, the flower show goes on supporting groups serving the Norfolk community.
Proceeds from the popular summer event, founded 140 years ago, are traditionally donated to charitable causes.
Those benefitting from last year's show, which was attended by more than 20,000, include the Norfolk Hospice, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, Dersingham Day Centre and West Newton Church.
Show chairman David Reeve told guests at Sandringham Visitor Centre: 'As you know each year, at the end of the flower show, if we've got any cash left over we donate it to people like yourselves. Tonight is not about us, it's about you. It's just a way of saying thank you.'
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Mr Reeve said many of the groups who were represented at the event provided vital services in the community, which helped the elderly and vulnerable from ending up in hospital, or needing increasingly hard-pressed NHS services.
'Myself and my colleagues are going to mingle around, look at your badges and learn a lot more about what you do.'
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Allen Norris, chair of West Norfolk REMAP, said its donation would help its members provide tailor-made equipment to help people with disabilities manage every day tasks.
'We develop things for people with disabilities that you can't buy, so we make life a lot easier for people,' he said. 'When they have difficulties, we help them out. We don't charge for what we do.'
Also among the recipients was Geoff Hamilton New Gardeners Foundation, named after the late TV gardener, which provides bursaries to help people train for careers in horticulture.
Trustee John Shone said: 'It's expensive training young gardeners. It's important because the government doesn't do a lot for apprentices, particularly in horticulture, so we have to rely on charitable donations to support them.'
Since 1977, the show has donated around £750,000 to good causes in and around West Norfolk. Over the last three years, it has given some £160,000.
This year's show is being held on Wednesday, July 26.