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Christmas cheer as Devon and Cornwall point-to-point auction raises thousands for live streaming service

Generous online bidders have helped raise over £ 7,000 to support the vibrant point-to-point community of Devon and Cornwall.

The Devon and Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association, which coordinates amateur show jumping competitions in both counties, has secured a total of 52 pledges for their virtual Christmas fundraiser.

By the close of the auction on Wednesday (December 29) evening, a total of £ 7,630 had been raised with the funds to be used to improve and further promote live coverage of the point-to-point meetings in Devon and Cornwall this season.

Point to point race at Trebudannon near Newquay in Cornwall

Since its launch in October 2020, the Devon and Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association has invested in a specially designed production unit and is also developing 360 degree remote cameras, which will be placed around the course and in the paddock to provide a close-up view of the action.

The service, which offers full programming directly to people’s homes and is run by acclaimed broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght, has established itself during the pandemic as restrictions forced the majority of meetings in the 2020-21 season to shut down. keep in camera without public access.

Writing on Facebook following the auction, the Devon and Cornwall Point-to-Point Secretaries Association said: “It’s over! A big thank you to everyone who signed up or made an offer tonight! If you are a winning bidder, we hope you enjoy your purchase. If you did not win the item you chose, thank you for your help. If you would like to donate for the live broadcast, you can do so by using the pink “donate” button next to lot one on the auction page. “

A generous response to the Christmas auction saw pledges from across the region and beyond. Topping the auction at £ 420 was a two-night stay at the four-star Dunraven Arms hotel in County Limerick, Ireland, with a day at a local point-to-point also included in the price.

This was followed at £ 410 for a sound, video and live streaming package donated by sound suppliers Ian and Aaron Pearce, while £ 400 was offered for a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Ditcheat shipyard of the champion coach Paul Nicholls in Somerset, as well as breakfast at the nearby Manor House Inn for four.

Winning £ 330 were two-day round-trip tickets to Lundy Island off the North Devon coast, where the winning bidder will be joined by experienced guide and renowned storyteller, Richard Ware. Just behind, at £ 320, having drawn 22 bids, was a bespoke cartoon created by favorite horse racing cartoonist Darren ‘Birdie’ Bird.

Runners walk past the grandstand at Exeter Racecourse
Runners walk past the grandstand at Exeter Racecourse

A number of racetrack packages sold at a maximum price of £ 200 for four tickets plus the hospitality of the Directors’ Box at Exeter Racecourse on April 14, when the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Series hunter hunt final will take place.

A total of 24 meetings are expected to take place in the region of Devon and Cornwall during the 2021-22 season, including 22 in the neighboring region of Wessex covering eastern Hampshire, southern Wiltshire, all of Dorset and Somerset and East Devon.

For more details on the live broadcast project, please visit the website www.pointingdc.co.uk.

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