THE annual Dorset County Show will be supporting local charities at this year’s event, including cancer charity GO Girls.
The popular county show attracts more than 55,000 visitors and is a firm favourite in everyone’s calendars each year for both locals and visitors to the area.
With over 500 trade stands, there is quite simply something for everyone from cheeses, meat, tea and gin as well as being entertained by the best in horsemanship.
This year the county show will be supporting Dorset-based GO Girls, who support women with gynaecological cancers.
The charity’s chairman Hilary Maxwell said: “We are very honoured to have such incredible support from the show. We have done a great deal to support women in this area – last year raising a phenomenal £50,000 for the Cancer Appeal.
“We have now set our sights on a further £50,000 to fund five awareness campaigns for all five gynaecological cancers and to have so much support means a great deal to a small team that works tirelessly. This also ties in well with this September’s gynaecological cancer awareness month.
“This year we are focusing on endometrial cancer. With more than 9,000 cases diagnosed annually, and endometrial cancer being the fourth most common cancer for women in the UK, we will be highlighting key symptoms and risk factors to help ensure early diagnosis.
“This is a cancer that has increased by 57% since the 1990s with 26 women being diagnosed everyday – we simply cannot and must not ignore this rising trend.”
Fiona Pawsey, who is helping to support the event, said: “We are delighted to help out GO Girls. We have watched their achievements over the last few years and it’s great to supporting such a fantastic charity again”.
Alastair Cowen, president of Dorset County Show, added: “This is a charity that is working incredibly hard in a very difficult area of health. It always gives the county show huge pleasure to support charities where we see grafting and effective working.
“We are very much looking forward to working with GO Girls at this year’s show and it being a great event for all our Dorset residents and visitors alike.”
The county show takes place on the weekend of September 7 and 8. Children go free and tickets can be purchased from their website dorsetcountyshow.ticketsrv.co.uk/tickets