The annual Dorset County Show fundraiser

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Last night it was the annual Dorset County Show fundraiser, a fun evening of dinner, bingo and ceilidh. This year’s chosen charity is Dorset County Hospital Charity.

The decision to support the hospital holds personal significance for Nicki Ralph, Chair of the County Show. Her husband, Nic, experienced total kidney failure and sepsis last year. He spent almost three weeks in a coma, with 11 of those days on life support. Nicki says: ‘This truly is a cause close to my heart. My family are indebted to the incredible support the hospital gave my husband who, without a shadow of a doubt, wouldn’t be alive today without their unstinting help.’

Show stalwart Nic, 67, is now recovering well, and is aiming to do some fundraising himself for the hospital once he is fully recovered.

Simon Pearson, Head of Charity for the hospital, highlighted the overwhelming demand faced by the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, with over 50,000 people treated annually despite its original capacity of 22,000 attendances.

The hospital charity is running a £2.5m Capital Appeal to assist with funding enhancements to the planned new Emergency Department (ED) and Critical Care Unit of Dorset County Hospital.

The annual Dorset County Show fundraiser 2023 at the County showground

If you are planning to come to the show this year (which we recommend that you do!) don’t forget to see the pre-show magazine to help you paln your day.

You can can see it here 👉https://bit.ly/DorsetCountyShowMagazine

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