Trekkers put on a 'star' performance for North Devon charities

STARTREKERS have donated more than �30,000 to local good causes at a ceremony at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel. Almost 100 walkers grabbed head torches, maps and warm clothing to navigate an 18-mile course on a chilly February night on Exmoor earlier this year

STARTREKERS have donated more than �30,000 to local good causes at a ceremony at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel.

Almost 100 walkers grabbed head torches, maps and warm clothing to navigate an 18-mile course on a chilly February night on Exmoor earlier this year.

A total �45,000 was raised at this year's event, with some of money left over already going towards the organisation of next year's Startrek on February 27.

Among the local causes that benefited were the Children's Hospice South West and the North Devon Hospice, who each received �11,000. Other awards were also made to the National Autistic Society South West (�5,000); West Country Ambulance Service (�250); Exmoor Farmers' Market (�250); Wheddon Cross Community Hall (�250); Exmoor National Park (�1,000); the Air Cadets (�500); Raynet (�500); and St. John Ambulance (�500).


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Donations were also made to Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support at the request of the three teams that raised the most sponsorship money.

The most successful fund-raisers were "Popular Front" (�1,306); "The Limpets" (�1,275.50); and "Time Team" (�1,027.50).

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This year's winning teams were the "TR Team" (1,105 points); "The Slippery Nipples" (1,050 points); and "Time Team" (1,045 points).

A special award was made to the Exmoor National Park who were presented with the Reeves Black Cup.

The annual Startrek, sponsored by the Ilfracombe Rotary Club, has raised more than half a million pounds for charity since it began in 1992.

Next year's event is already being booked up by teams wanting to take part. More details and entry forms are available on the Ilfracombe Rotary Club website at www.rotary-startrek.org.uk/

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