Cancer Research UK and Cornwall Hospice Care will be the two official charities for this year’s Royal Cornwall Show. They plan to work in collaboration in order to ensure a great charity experience for the thousands of visitors that attend over the event’s three day run.

Lindsay Opie is the Community Fundraiser for North Cornwall for Cornwall Hospice Care;

“It’s a huge honour to be selected as one of the Royal Cornwall Show’s chosen charities this year. As a local charity working to support patients with a range of life limiting illnesses, and their families, we rely on the support of people across the county and where better to meet and thank them than at the biggest agricultural event of the year.

“We receive a very limited amount of funding from the NHS, which still leaves us needing to raise £7.25million a year to continue providing our care to patients free of charge. Every penny counts so this year’s show will help us to continue making a difference to those people whose lives we touch.”

Nikki Collins, local Fundraising Manager for Cornwall for Cancer Research UK said;

“We are delighted to be working alongside Cornwall Hospice Care, and looking forward to bringing our local supporters together to thank them for the amazing job they do. We will have a ‘virtual laboratory tour’ which we encourage everyone to visit and we will have staff on hand to talk about our successes so far and our research strategy.

“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters like those in Cornwall, without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research. Every penny really does count in our fight to beat cancer sooner!”

The annual show is staged by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association and secretary, Christopher Riddle, hopes both official charities enjoy a successful time during the event.

“Each year the Association selects two official charities to benefit from the rights to raise funds at the show and just as importantly raise awareness of what they do. They are both very worthy causes, close to so many peoples heart and we hope that they each raise a considerable sum to support their work from the ever-generous Cornish public.”

The Royal Cornwall Show will take place on 9th, 10th and 11th June and the organisers are hoping for another good attendance. Last year saw the show’s fourth highest visitor numbers on record with more than 126,000 people passing through the gates.

More information about the Royal Cornwall Show can be found at www.royalcornwall.co.uk.