Charity hopes South West will dig deep for JCB fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 09 May 2016

Keith Darch,Sue Mills and Vincent Scott-Hatton at The launch of a JCB in Childrens Hospice South West colours. Ref exe 16-17TI 9990. Picture: Terry Ife

Keith Darch,Sue Mills and Vincent Scott-Hatton at The launch of a JCB in Childrens Hospice South West colours. Ref exe 16-17TI 9990. Picture: Terry Ife

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A digger is taking to the roads of the South West, with the aim of scooping up funds for a vital charity.

The Route 25 initiative will see the specially-painted digger, provided by JCB, visiting 25 towns and cities, to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), with the route reflecting the charity’s 25th anniversary.

It is the brainchild of Keith Darch, director of Denbow International Limited, and a long-standing supporter of the charity. The aim is to raise £1million, and Keith is hoping excitement will build during the summer as people see the digger driving around. People will be able to donate in each town by putting money into the digger’s bucket, which has been adapted.

Keith said: “It is a bit of an eyecatcher, and we hope people will give generously.”

The journey began in Bristol on May 1, and will finish in Barnstaple on October 17, before a grand finale event at Exeter’s Sandy Park on October 28.

Along the way, it will stop off in Exeter on July 11.

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