Devon County Show steward kick-starts rural hub fund with 200-mile cycle ride
11th December 2015
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Deborah Custance Baker, who lives near Exeter, was met by MPs Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton), Hugo Swire (East Devon) and Ben Bradshaw (Exeter).

She finished the distance in three days on her trusty, second-hand bike despite falling off several times and losing her map.

“Fortunately the weather was sunny all the way but cycling around London was quite scary,” she said.  “Now that I’ve finished I feel fine but I’ll be putting the bike away for the foreseeable future!”

Deborah, 51, decided to kick-start the fund raising efforts to develop a little used building on the showground at Westpoint, Exeter.

“The Wadsworth Pavilion is a terrific building and full of character but sadly it can’t be used to its full potential because of the lack of essential facilities,” she said.

A £30,000 extension, to include a kitchen and loos, would create a rural hub for use by local schools, livestock breed societies and private hire. Deborah hopes her cycle ride will make the project eligible for grant funding.

“Most grant-awarding authorities are looking for the charity itself to put in some money so I decided to get on my bike and raise it!” she added.

Deborah is a Director of the Devon County Agricultural Association, the County Show’s chief steward of the Crafts and Gardens Pavilion and the Spring Sausage competition.

She also breeds and shows prize-winning large black pigs at the Devon County Show.

If you would like to support Deborah please go to her Just Giving Page

Or send a cheque payable to the DCAA and post to: Suzy Preston, DCAA, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ 

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