Berkshire Motor Show and Reading Pageant Fund Raising For chILD Lung Foundation

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Thousands of people poured into Prospect Park on a warm Sunday on July 5 to see The Berkshire Motor Show held their annual event at Prospect Park, Reading. On display were classic and custom cars, hot rods, bikes, lorries and stationary steam engines.

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An estimated 4,000 people visited the event with the monies raised supporting chILD Lung Foundation. ChILD UK and Ireland supports families affected by childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) by raising awareness, working with medical professionals to create a better understanding of chILD and offering practical and emotional support.

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Although chILD is a rare condition affecting about 1 in 10,000 children, three children in the Reading area are known to the charity.
As well as the vehicles on display there was lots of family fun to be had with Pelhams Fun Fair, bouncy castles and slides, crafts, including Chain Saw Carvers who carve beautiful objects out of tree trunks using a chain saw.

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Several charities had stalls at the event including The Samaritans, The Dogs Trust and chILD Lung Foundation.

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WAW Wrestlers were cheered on as they displayed their skill and the students from the O’Gara School of Irish Dance wowed the audience with their moves.

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Event organiser Steph Awbery said: “We’ve done really well this year, we estimate that between 8,000 and 10,000 people attended the event. There was a slow start but all of a sudden it just filled up, everyone loved it.

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“The tug of war was popular, the live wrestling and Ella and Elsa went down great with the children. The live Irish dancing was also brilliant.
“I want to give a big thanks to all the traders and clubs for coming along and also to the helpers. They all play such a big part in the show, we couldn’t do it without them.
“Next year will be our 10th anniversary, I have started to organise it already and it’s going to be bigger and better”.

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