Dorset solicitors Kitson & Trotman are main sponsor of Buckham Fair 2017
Press Release: 5 April 2017
Dorset solicitors Kitson and Trotman are this year’s main sponsor of the popular Buckham Fair, which takes place on Martin and Philippa Clunes’s land near Beaminster in August.
It’s the third year that the firm – which has offices in Bridport, Beaminster, Lyme Regis and Weymouth – has supported the event.
Kitson and Trotman Partner Richard King said: “We’re delighted to be Buckham Fair’s main sponsor again this year. It’s a fantastic event enjoyed by so many people and it raises such a huge amount of money for vital local charities.”
This year’s fair, on Sunday 20 August, is in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies entirely on the generosity of the public for support.
Since its launch in March 2000 it has flown more than 11,000 missions. It is tasked by the Ambulance Service through the normal ‘999’ emergency process and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day during the summer months.
In 2016, Buckham Fair raised a record £90,000 for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
Martin Clunes said: “Last year, Buckham Fair saw more than 15,000 visitors walk through the gates. We had 121 traders exhibit and over 100 individuals and businesses who sponsored, volunteered, supplied and supported the event – all for the sole purpose of raising as much money as we could.
“And this year, we intend to grow on that and continue on with our goal to benefit the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – a cause so incredibly valuable to so many of us and a team of people who are working so hard, every day, to save lives.
“And we could not do this without the generous support of our sponsors, which is why we are incredibly pleased that Kitson & Trotman have agreed to be Buckham Fair’s main sponsor again this year. We have some very exciting things planned for this year’s event – including new display acts, new traders and a host of new ways to get involved.”
Richard King said: “We have been involved in Buckham Fair for several years. We are joint sponsors of the Rescue Dog Championship, which involves a number of contests around the area, culminating in the championship at Buckham Fair.
“Every year, Kitson and Trotman supports various local events, including The Melplash Show, Beaminster Festival, Bridport Literary Festival and The Henry Smith Ball, Cattistock Countryside Show, Bricky Horse Trials and Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week.
“Kitson & Trotman have been at the heart West Dorset’s local communities for more than 250 years. The firm has been helping people with legal services since 1756, at all stages of their lives, and we are committed to supporting good causes and events in the area.”
Pictured at last year’s Buckham Fair are, from left, Pam Bowdtich, Ashley Rawlings, Elspeth Jackson, Richard King from Kitson and Trotman, and Martin Clunes, judges of the rescue dog championship class. Photo by Faye Neal Photograpy