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The Wessex Model and Toy Collectors (WMTC) handed over a cheque for £2,216 to Carers Support Wiltshire (CSW) as a result of its fundraising efforts.

“We raised the money in 2016 after choosing Carer Support Wiltshire as our charity of the year. We chose the charity as they are right on our doorstep and do very good work,” said Steve Clements, chairman of the WMTC club.

“I walked along the coastline of the Isle of Wight which was 70 miles in July, from that I raised £800. I did it over three days, thankfully the weather was on my side.”

As well as the sponsored walk, the club also raised money from its annual Christmas event at its December meeting.

“We held an auction on the first Tuesday of December and from that we raised £1,400. We have been raising money for the last 20 years, in doing so we have donated over £70,000 for 20 charities. We always choose local, smaller charities to benefit from our fundraising,” added Mr Clements.

Jon Berridge, partnerships development manager at CSW, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Wessex Model and Toy Collectors. There are over 47,000 unpaid carers looking after family or friends in Wiltshire and many rarely get a break from their caring role. Our Time For Carers Appeal is raising £25,000 to give carers a break- to do all those things we take for granted, like catching up with friends, going to the cinema or taking part in a sport or hobby.

“It’s so fitting that this generous gift is being made by an organisation that understands the importance of having hobbies. Who knows, some of the beneficiaries of the appeal may be future members of the Wessex Model and toy Collectors club.”

Pictured are Jon and Catharine from CSW with the impressive cheque.

If you are a group and would like to support us by making CSW your Charity of the Year we would love to hear from you. Contact Jon Berridge