Supercar Driver and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice have steered their way to an incredible £75,000 fundraising milestone.
Giving people a chance to sit inside some of the world’s most exclusive cars is just one way the UK’s leading supercar members’ club has helped the charity that supports children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Since it chose Bluebell Wood as its official charity partner in 2011, Supercar Driver has supported it at a series of eye-catching events every year, including the highly popular Supercar Experience at Meadowhall, ‘secret meets’ of supercar owners and visits to the children’s hospice in North Anston.
Turbocharged fundraising in the last year has seen the amount brought in by Supercar Driver jump from £37,673 at the end of 2016 to the current £75,000 landmark.
Giving Bluebell Wood children and families the chance to sit in the driving seat of some of the world’s rarest cars has been a big highlight of the partnership, according to Adam Thorby, Director at Supercar Driver.
Adam said: “It has been great to put the cars to fantastic use and raise so much for Bluebell Wood. However, for many of us, involving Bluebell Wood families has been a real highlight. Earlier this year 21 owners brought their supercars to the hospice, giving 25 children the chance to sit in the driving seat of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other cars. Seeing the look on the faces of the children and their parents when they sit in the cars and rev the engines is just one of the fantastic memories we’re very glad to have helped create.
“We were over the moon at the end of 2016 to find out we raised £37,673 from 2011-2016, but then to almost double that figure in 2017 is something we are super proud of. We now have a £100,000 fundraising target firmly in our sights. We are proud to support Bluebell Wood and use our events to help families facing the toughest of times.”
Supercar Driver has held two Supercar Experiences at Meadowhall shopping centre so far. Between them the two events have raised around £30,000 for Bluebell Wood, and given thousands of people the opportunity to have a ride or have their photo taken with a Supercar.
Funds have also been boosted at Supercar Driver members’ own events, where car owners donated to the charity at a ‘secret meet’ of 200 of the world’s rarest Supercars at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, and at a special invitation-only Supercar Event at the home of the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton.
Julie Hampson, Corporate Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood: “We are so grateful to Supercar Driver and all their members for their amazing commitment to Bluebell Wood. Not only does this partnership raise valuable sums for families facing the toughest of times, but also gives our children and young adults experiences they can treasure.
“It costs over £4 million for Bluebell Wood to keep its doors open every year, so that we can help our families make special memories together. We rely on the generosity of supporters, and on partnerships with incredible individuals and organisations like Supercar Driver, to be able to keep doing this.”
To help Bluebell Wood make more memories for the 250 families it supports each year, please visit www.bluebellwood.org