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Annual Totton Donkey Derby raises thousands for 4th Eling Sea Scouts and 5th Testwood Scouts





THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for local Scout groups thanks to a bumper turnout at the annual Totton Donkey Derby.

The event, which took place at Eling recreation ground, was jointly hosted for the first time by 4th Eling Sea Scouts and 5th Testwood Scouts.

Both groups have previously hosted individually, but decided to team up due to volunteer shortages.

The event was well attended
The event was well attended

Punters could bet on eight races, with children given the opportunity to ride in the event for a small fee.

Martha Roper (9) was crowned the event’s grand winner after victories in both her heat and final race. She was presented with a trophy and rosette by Craig Challis of 5th Testwood Scouts.

Winner Martha Roper (9) with Craig Challis of 5th Testwood Scouts
Winner Martha Roper (9) with Craig Challis of 5th Testwood Scouts

At double the size of last year’s event, visitors also enjoyed browsing stalls and a craft fair, and having a go at tomahawk throwing, a climbing wall and archery.

Group leader at 5th Testwood Scouts, Steven Osborn, told the A&T around 2,000 had attended the event.

Figures are still being calculated, he explained, but added “thousands” had been raised for the groups.

“It was astonishing to see so many people from Totton putting their faith in us to bring our biggest donkey derby ever to them.

“I cannot thank enough the many volunteers who have worked for months to deliver this event, both in the planning, to the programme sellers, and the volunteers on the weekend itself.

“Extra thanks go to the councillors who worked with us to ensure the car park was open in time.”

Visitors also enjoyed a variety of stalls at the donkey derby
Visitors also enjoyed a variety of stalls at the donkey derby

As reported in the A&T, the NFDC-owned car park in nearby Rumbridge Street had been closed for repair after Southern Water tankers damaged the site while transferring waste from a nearby pumping station which suffered a burst main.

He added: “By coming along and supporting us – despite the awful weather forecast which thankfully never came to pass – they have supported us and made an investment in hundreds of young people's futures in Totton so we can keep delivering skills for life at an affordable rate to our four to 18-year-old girls and boys."



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