Steam fayre takes in £20,000 for the hospice

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FUNDRAISERS have handed over a record-breaking £20,000 to the Hospice of St Francis.

The cash for the Nortchurch-based charity came from the fifth annual Potten End Steam Rally.

The event, which takes place in July, attracts people from all over the UK to see displays of vintage cars, tractors and steam engines.

This year more than 6,000 people went to it - more than ever before.

Organiser Dawn Bunker said: “We are delighted with the amount we’ve been raised for the hospice.

“It was bigger than last year and everyone went away happy, which for us is brilliant.”

Hospice spokesman Claire de Silva said: “We are thrilled that the event had such a fantastic turn out this year and everyone dug deep and gave generously.

“There was a brilliant atmosphere and we are so grateful to everyone who came along.”

Sainsbury’s in Chesham donated cakes sold at the rally for the hospice, its charity of the year.

In the past four years organising group the Dacorum Steam and Machinery Preservation Group has netted £37,000 for the hospice.