Following another successful Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Show in August 2018, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire 4×4 Response (GW4x4R) was invited to attend the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club’s (SVTEC) Annual Charity Awards Night, which was held on Monday 28th January at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Gloucestershire.

Established by charitable organisation SVTEC, the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Show – which takes place annually in South Cerney and is recognised as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the UK – generously donates profits from the show to other charities once all expenses have been paid and, at this year’s Awards Night, approximately £25,000 was donated to 38 local and national charities.

Commenting for GW4x4R, drivers representative Jerry Greenhalgh says: “For a third consecutive year, GW4x4R was nominated to receive an additional donation, over and above that originally agreed for the provision of duties throughout the Show. This year, we were staggered and delighted to be presented with a cheque for £1,000!”

Other charities that benefited from donations at the Awards Night included Severn Area Search & Rescue, the Air Cadets, Scouts, Cobalt, Diabetes, British Heart Foundation, Cotswold Canals Trust, Vale of Berkeley Railway, League of Friends, McMillan Nurses and many more.

“We are honoured to be amongst such fantastic company. It just demonstrates the wide-ranging and diverse organisations that receive much-needed financial support from SVTEC.” says Jerry.

Each nominee gave a short presentation to the audience on the evening, with SVTEC chairman Martyn Slater, and showground manager John Keedwell making the final presentations.

Martyn Slater introduced GW4x4R as being an invaluable part of the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Show – now in its 45th year – and briefly outlined the tasks assigned to the organisation over the weekend, which include logistical assistance at incidents/accidents, basic site security, lost children and adult repatriation, vehicle escorting, etc. He also highlighted the important task of safely and quickly directing everyone off the showground on the final day of the show.

GW4x4R intends to use the funds to shore up its events kit and will therefore be spending the donation on new signage, traffic cones, stakes/tape and hi-vis clothing for its volunteers.

Summarising, Jerry Greenhalgh says that he felt honoured, humbled and enlightened to be in the company of such worthy causes and is delighted that the show organisers really do value GW4x4R’s presence, abilities, professional appearance and attitude. “This is something all our volunteers can be really proud of and long may it continue.”.

GW4x4R is already looking forward to the next Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Show, which is being held at South Cerney from the 2nd to 4th August 2019.