Blaston Show’s committee is delighted to announce its choice of two charities to be beneficiaries of this year’s show.

Headline charity will be Rainbows, the East Midlands’ only hospice for life-limited children and young people. Founded in 1994, its Hospice provides specialist respite, palliative and end of life care to children and young people with life limiting or life-threatening conditions, whilst also supporting their families and friends.

Rainbows has 12 beds and aims to provide one to one care wherever possible. With just 15% of its funding coming from government bodies, the charity relies heavily on donations to fund this work.

Jess Dixon, Community Fundraiser for Rainbows, commented: “We’re thrilled to be Blaston Show’s chosen headline charity for this year. The money raised will go towards providing vital care and services for life-limited children and their families. We rely heavily on the generosity of our supporters and are so grateful to each and every one of them. We’ll be at the show with our stall and we can’t wait!”

Also set to benefit from this year’s show is VASL, a local volunteer driven charity with over 200 volunteers providing a range of services from a car scheme for the rurally isolated or those without access to public transport, to support for carers in Leicestershire, a project combating loneliness in the over 60s and a Market Harborough based project supporting people improve their mental health.

“We are delighted to be one of Blaston’s nominated charities for its 2018 show, and are looking forward to the opportunity to raise awareness of the charity, enabling us to provide more support for those in need in the local area,” said Nickie Philbin, Publicity Co-ordinator at VASL.

Oli Lee, Chairman of show organisers the Blaston & District Agricultural Society, added, “these are two very worthwhile causes and I am delighted to welcome them to Blaston Show. Over the last five years we have given away well in excess of £20,000 to local charities, as well as help raise awareness for the work that they do. I wish both charities a successful fundraising 2018.