Local disabled children to enjoy life in the fast lane following bumper charity day at Silverstone
An exclusive charity driving day which saw East Midlands-based businesses put pedal to the metal at Silverstone, has raised an impressive £30,000 for a local children’s mobility charity.
The day, hosted by charitable trust the Star Trust and Porsche Centres Nottingham, Sutton Coldfield, Bolton and Wilmslow saw select businesses and entrepreneurs from across the East Midlands gather at historic Althorp House before pushing a range of high performance vehicles to the limit at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone ahead of a high profile charity auction in aid of a young children’s wheelchair loan scheme.
The scheme, led by Designability, provides families of very young children with mobility-limiting conditions with motorised Wizzybug wheelchairs. Wizzybug chairs are specially designed for children from the age of 18 months to 5 years, and enable them to enjoy a taste of independence for the first time, allowing them to interact socially and learn skills essential to their development.
The funds raised on the day have enabled the Star Trust and Porsche Nottingham to donate five Wizzybug wheelchairs to the Designability-led scheme for immediate use by children in the East Midlands.
Charitable trust organiser the Star Trust is calling for more local good causes to apply for support. The Star Trust, made up of local entrepreneurs, business owners and senior directors, organises prestigious events to benefit good causes across the region.
Kelly Boorman of the Star Trust said: “The response from participants has been outstanding - to raise such a significant amount of money is exceptional and these funds mean that we can transform the lives of very young children with limited mobility right across the East Midlands.
“Star Trust is committed to raising funds for small charities across our region. We are calling on local charities to apply to the Trust for support. The amount raised by today’s event demonstrates the significant generosity of Star Trust supporters and we would urge local charities to get in touch.”
Christopher Boot dealer principal of Porsche Centre Nottingham said: “We are very proud to host this event and lend our support to such a worthwhile charity. It is very fitting that the substantial total raised at today’s Driving Day will provide “first wheels” and enable the Wizzybug recipients to experience the freedom that mobility brings.
“We are also pleased to be able to donate a Porsche-branded Wizzybug to the scheme – it may be the most compact of our vehicle range, but it will have a huge impact on the quality of life of its new little owner.”
Katie Tanner of Designability added: “On behalf of all the families waiting for access to a Wizzybug, we would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible support. The money raised will enable us to make a real difference to the quality of life of so many young children all over the East Midlands and give them the independence that we all take for granted.”
Driving day attendee, Johnny Voce added: 'I've been a supporter of Star Trust since it was founded. An incredible group of people bring these events together, raising huge amounts for very worthwhile charities in the East Midlands.
“Star Trust events are always so well organised, fantastic venues and the best company. I would encourage everybody to get involved with this charity – the concept to help many charities with the work they do is just fantastic.”
Charities interested in applying to the Star Trust should visit www.star-trust.org.uk for further information.