£3,000 for the wooden spoon

PUBLISHED: 09:39 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

DEVON County Council handed over £3,000 on Monday raised by staff for the Wooden Spoon charity in memory of the council's late head of planning and transportation, Malcolm Baker.

DEVON County Council handed over £3,000 on Monday raised by staff for the Wooden Spoon charity in memory of the council's late head of planning and transportation, Malcolm Baker.

Edward Chorlton, Devon County Council's director of environment, economy and culture, and Malcolm Baker's widow Nicky presented the cheque to Wooden Spoon.

County council staff raised the money by paying to wear sports shirts on the charity's Shirts 4 Spoon day prior to England defeating Australia in the Rugby World Cup in October. There was also an online auction with lots donated by local businesses, including Exeter Chiefs and Flybe, as well as a "name the bear" competition.

Wooden Spoon is rugby's charity supporting mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children and young people.

Malcolm Baker was a staunch supporter of the charity and secretary of the Devon Committee of Wooden Spoon, before he died in August while accompanying a party of pilgrims to Lourdes in southern France.

Edward Chorlton said: "This generous donation for Wooden Spoon is a great effort by all our staff. It's a marvellous tribute to Malcolm's memory and shows the affection in which he was held by his county council colleagues.

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