She sponsored the match ball at Saturday’s Tiverton Town vs Bedford tie in the Southern League Premier Division and also collected cash from the crowd.
It will be shared between the Newspaper Press Fund and the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
Mary-Ann said: “I had a great afternoon – despite Tiverton losing 0-1 – and it was grand to have my name ‘in lights’ on the sponsorship board.
“But raising some really useful charity funds was even better. There are still some pledges to come in so the final total should be even better.
“I must thank all those who supported me by giving money to the appeal. And if anybody would like to add anything, they are welcome to contact me.”
Mary-Ann began her career in 1965 as an indentured trainee reporter on her home town newspaper, the Sutton Coldfield News.
During her 40 year career she has also worked for Midlands titles such as the Solihull News and the Birmingham Post, and was deputy editor of the Evesham Journal and Admag Series before moving to Devon.
She was appointed editor of the Mid Devon Gazette series in 2003, and is now responsible for the Tiverton Gazette, Crediton Gazette and Culm Valley Gazette as well as the quarterfold Country Gardener magazines that were acquired by Cornwall and Devon Media Ltd early this year.
If you would like to make a donation, you can contact Mary-Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org