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Thousands visit Lulworth Castle for Dorset Blind Association annual Motor Show news

Thousands Visit Lulworth Castle for Dorset Blind Association Annual Motor Show

Thousands visit Lulworth Castle to support Dorset Blind Association’s annual Motor Show which took place on Sunday 13th May. This hugely successful andwell-attendedd event showcased over 160 cars in the motor display, welcomed over 2,000 general public visitors, raising an incredible £5,152.00!

This prestigious event, now in its fourth year, was kindly sponsored by Humphries Kirk, Imerys, Domvs and Dorset Catering Services and was held within the picturesque Lulworth Estate courtesy of James Weld DL, who is the charity’s President.

James Weld DL, of the Lulworth Estate, said: “The Dorset Blind Association is a charity I am tremendously proud to support, as did my father and grandfather before me. It is fantastic to see their Classic Car event growing year on year – I think this year must have been the biggest yet that we’ve had at Lulworth Castle.  I know how vital the work of the charity is to help blind and partially sighted people across Dorset. The charity’s small number of dedicated staff and large group of volunteers do a wonderful job and I am always very pleased to be able to help in any way I can”

The event set motorists out on a 20 mile tour around the Dorset countryside, following in convoy, before returning to Lulworth to display their beautiful motors at the Castle Showground. The event saw thousands of local supporters, holiday makers and car enthusiasts descend on the Castle throughout the day, creating an incredible community buzz.

The Motor Show and Family Fun Day was open to the public free of charge and had something for all ages to enjoy; a selection of local stalls selling handmade goods and local produce, entertainment, a kids area with bouncy castle, face painting and an exclusive visit from the ever popular Peppa Pig! Attendees enjoyed relaxing in the afternoon sun with a glass of prosecco from The Fizz Tin and a gourmet burger from Dorset Catering Services, who also supplied the refreshments before the Dorset Tour to the car owners.

Barry Heath, event attendee and member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club – Dorset Region, said, ‘Although it was the fourth year the Dorset Blind Association hosted the Motor Show and Rally, it was the first time the Dorset Region of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and 13 cars attended the show. We had Jaguars ranging from a 1934 SS1, XK150, E-Types to an 2004 XK and attracted many visitors. I have to say I cannot fault the Dorset Blind Association for the organisation and all our members really enjoyed the day. The wonderful news is the Car Show raised over £5,000 for the Association.’

Dorset Blind Association celebrate their Centenary this year. Despite helping around 1,000 people every month, they receive no fixed funding, so the charity are extremely grateful for the public support that this event received. Alongside the events that are being held to celebrate this milestone, the charity are also running a campaign called the 100 Club. They are looking for 100 people (groups, companies, individuals) to simply raise £100 in 2018. To find out more information, go to: http://dorsetblind.org.uk/help-us/fundraising-2/100club/

Can you help the charity light up Boscombe seafront on Saturday 15th September by taking part in their 5k or 10k Bright for Sight Night Run? Go to www.bfsnightrun18.eventbrite.co.uk for more info or to enter. Or do you fancy taking a leap of faith and jumping out of a plane on Sunday 21st October? Contact the fundraising team for more information – 01202 712864 or fundraising@dorsetblind.org.uk