Barleylands gives local charities a cash boost

Local good causes have been given a charitable boost thanks to money raised from the 2016 Essex Country Show.

Barleylands’ Andrew Philpot handed over four cheques for £1,000 to four local charities – bringing the total of money raised for good causes by the Country Show over the past 30 years to £250,000.

HARP Southend, Brainwave, Southend Hospital’s Dementia Appeal and Down Syndrome Extra 21 all received the charitable donation at a special cheque presentation held at the Farm Park last Sunday.

The Essex County Show has supported local charities since the event first took place at the Billericay Farm Park in 1986.

Show Chairman Andrew Philpot said:  “We are proud to have supported so many local charities over the years – it’s been a huge pleasure to raise much needed funds for the benefit of local people.”

Pictured from left to right are: Paul Hemmings (Show committee), Lisa Swallow (HARP Southend), Kayley Fletcher (Southend Hospital Dementia Appeal), Peter Philpot, Dave Wall (Committee), Val Vidler (Committee), Phil Vidler (Committee), Gerry Gould (Brainwave), Colin Morris (committee), Joanna Philpot and Andrew Philpot (Show Chairman).