MORE than 20 good causes have shared nearly £3,500 raised during Barnstaple Carnival in September. Despite the widely-reported climate of economic doom, generous folk in the town dug deep to donate £3,442.64 £500 more than collected during last year s p

MORE than 20 good causes have shared nearly £3,500 raised during Barnstaple Carnival in September.Despite the widely-reported climate of economic doom, generous folk in the town dug deep to donate £3,442.64 - £500 more than collected during last year's procession.Representatives from charities - including Barnstaple Sea Cadets, Grosvenor Children's Club, Goodleigh Pre-School, Exmoor Search and Rescue and North Devon Gang Show - were presented with their cheques at a ceremony at Barnstaple Guildhall.Mayor Cllr Jeremy Phillips donned the mayoral chains to dole out the cash, helped by carnival queen Sammi Wooldridge, carnival princess Jerica Torres and junior princess Katie May Huxtable."It was good to see many lesser-known local charities involved this year," said carnival committee spokesperson Geraldine Ashford."As with last year, it was agreed that 75 per cent of the money collected by individual organisations would be donated to their designated charities. "There are so many people to thank for supporting the carnival but please go to our website at www.barnstaplecarnival.com for a full list of supporters."The committee would also like to thank the large number of people who attended carnival day this year."www.northdevon.gov.uk