Just Champion as Aylsham Show gives �35,000 to causes
Legendary jockey Bob Champion, who won the Grand National and beat cancer, was in north Norfolk last night to collect a cheque from the Aylsham Show towards his charity.
Mr Champion was presented with �500 for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust – part of �35,000 handed out to a range of good causes from the proceeds of last August bank holiday Monday's annual agricultural show.
Show secretary Chris Self said the total was a little less than last year but organisers were very pleased with the result as bad weather had hit visitor numbers, which usually average 16,000.
'We had high winds over the weekend and lost 60ft of one of the catering marquees but on the day the weather ended up being kinder to us than forecast and people came out and supported us,' he said.
Former jockey Mr Champion romped to victory at Aintree on Aldiniti in 1981, two years after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
And he called in at Fakenham Racecourse, a sponsor of the Aylsham Show, last May as part of a fund-raising challenge to visit all 60 of Britain's racecourses in 60 days.
Show supporters were attending a sponsor's event at the racecourse on the same day and decided to donate the proceeds of a raffle they organised there to Mr Champion's cause, said Mr Self.
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Marian Williams, 2010 show president, handed out all the cheques during last night's ceremony at the Aylsham Lodge Hotel which was followed by the show committee's annual meeting during which Itteringham farmer James Fowell was elected this year's president.
This year's show, the 65th in the event's history, will take place at Blickling Park on Monday, August 29, and will feature the usual livestock classes and showjumping plus main ring attractions including the Bolddog Lings motocross stunt display team.
Others who received cheques were: Reepham and District Rotary Club, for East Anglian Children's Hospice - EACH - (�3,500), Aylsham Army Cadet Force (�2,250). The following each received �2,000: RABI (national farming charity), East Anglian Air Ambulance, Rotary Club of Aylsham for Aylsham Pre-School Playgroup and the Sycamore Tree/Alzheimer's Society, EACH, Citizens Advice North Norfolk, Aylsham Recreaton Ground. Aylsham Flower Club (�1,750) for Big C and Norfolk Diabetes. �1,000 each: Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sparks 4 Hearts, EDP We Care Appeal, Norfolk Young Farmers' Clubs, Holt Farmers' Club. �500 each: NSPCC Aylsham branch, Leukaemia Research Fund, Country Trust, About with Friends, NORCAS, Aylsham and District Care Trust, SSAFA, RAFA, Palling Volunteer Rescue Service (for Sea Palling inshore lifeboat), Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, Headway Norfolk and Waveney, The Nancy Oldfield Trust, Victim Support. �250 each: Aylsham Market Place Surgery, Injured Jockeys Fund, Diabetes UK North Norfolk Group, Mundesley and Roughton Responders, North Walsham YFC, St Andrew's Church (Blickling), North Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Norwich and District Riding for the Disabled, Leeway, Samaritans, The Matthew Project, Coastwatch Mundesley, Aylsham's St Michael's Nursery and Infant School, and Swannington Playgroup.