GDSF Cheque Presentation to the Salisbuty Hospital Stars Appeal - 07.10.18
The trailer rides at the Dorset Steam Fair raised a staggering amount of money, £18,512.24 a cheque presentation took place on Sunday 7th October at The Coppleridge Inn at Motcombe.
Martin Oliver presented the cheque on behalf of The Great Dorset Steam Fair, to the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal Campaign.
This sum included a separate cheque for £500 donated by a person at the steam fair and also Mrs Crane and Mark Fry who exhibits the late Len Cranes engine for Mrs Crane at events, donated their appearance money to the charity.
The GDSF, heavy haulage arena is where engine owners and crews gave their time and engines to provide the rides to raise this sum of money.
One of these engines was still running at 22.00 on the Saturday evening giving rides in the dark, this amazing effort alone raising £1,000.
Many engines, drivers and volunteers were involved during the Steam Fair giving rides.
Charity Trailer Rides - 2018
This is a major part of the heavy haulage arena at the GDSF and organised by Richard Pocock and Louise Hall with their band of helpers, who put in very long hours, in the arena by the commentary box.
The charity ride engines and trailers were still running around the heavy haulage arena past 22:00 on Saturday night.
On Monday, despite the flooded arena, attempts were carefully and successfully carried out, to run engines later in the day with two engines that were fitted with rubber treaded rear wheels. Ironically both of these being Marshall engines. In addition, a Marshall roller helped through the night driving, all very carefully and being skilfully operated as they used a route missing the wettest areas.
Marshall DD 2077 BUILT 1919 Reg no 71837, New to Coles of Cirencester. Bought by John Plaister in 1959. Now owned by Carl Brown Swindon Wilts.
Marshall BF 7865 BUILT 1911 Reg no 55924 8NHP Driven and owned by Chris Lawson and Laura Kimber of Gillngham Dorset. Built in 1911 for Alfred Shaw of Townsville Australia, it was found in Australia in a caravan park and brought back to the UK for a full restoration taking 7 years.
Marshall Road Roller, 88097 "Toby" - Built in 1937, DAF 499
These are the main engines used every year to haul one of the Charity ride trailers. Plus many other engines who volunteer to help out.
Foster 5 NHP General Purpose Engine. No 14638 The Little Gem, Reg Number VL 4777, Built in 1933. Possibly one of the last Single Cylinder Traction engines Built in the UK, Purchased in 2002 having received major boiler work. Owned by Richard Pocock Shaftesbury Dorset.
1909 Burrell 6nhp general purpose engine number 3126, owned by Tim Mayhew from Wilton.
(Text courtesy of GDSF)
Charity Trailer Rides - 2017
The trailer rides at the Great Dorset Steam Fair raised £16,394.93 for Julia's House (Dorset & Wiltshire Children's Hospices) the chosen charity for 2017.
A cheque presentation took place on Sunday 8th October 2018 at The Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, Martin Oliver presented the cheque on behalf of The Great Dorset Steam Fair, to Julia’s House, along with a separate cheque for £500 donated by a Steam Fair visitor.
The charity trailer rides at the GDSF, take place around the play pen arena, where engine owners and crews give their time and engines to provide the rides. 2017 saw guest driver Joby Carter from Carters Steam Fair, steering Richard Pococks Little Gem, one of the main ride engines.
Of course non of this would be possbile without volunteers and Julia's House had an amazing 73 volunteers! Please click on link for further information:
Charity Trailer Rides - 2016
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