NORTH Devon Hospice is expecting to raise around £7,000 from the region's second North Devon Day. The event got off to a cracking start when TV personality Johnny Kingdom opened the Christ Church sponsored short mat bowls 24-hour marathon in Barnstaple.

NORTH Devon Hospice is expecting to raise around £7,000 from the region's second North Devon Day.The event got off to a cracking start when TV personality Johnny Kingdom opened the Christ Church sponsored short mat bowls 24-hour marathon in Barnstaple. Ted Marshall, a bowls club member who had the original idea of the marathon, said: " We are very grateful to Johnny for taking time out of his busy schedule and coming down to support our event. I'd also like to thank our club members and bowlers from Braunton, Goodleigh, Bratton and Instow who joined us." Plenty of other events were held throughout the regioin to celebrate North Devon's unique identity. Gerard Fawcitt of the North Devon Hospice fund-raising team said: " It has been a great success and we are expecting to raise in the region of £7,000, a great achievement and reflection of the generosity of local people. "As a local charity, we can only raise funds within North Devon. It costs more than £3 million per year to offer our free services so community fund-raising like this is vital to the hospice. "We are so grateful to everyone who took the time and trouble to organise or support a fund-raising event to celebrate North Devon Day in aid of the hospice."For more information on North Devon Hospice fundraising events, please phone 01271 344248 or go to website www.northdevonhospice.org.uk