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Shawn Taylor, centre front, organiser of the Snetterton Charity Day with the four charities who will benefit. Left, Diane Northway, Big C; and Olly Larkin, East Anglian Air Ambulance; and right, Alex Mayer, British Heart Foundation; and Gary Cook, EACH. Picture: Denise Bradley
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A high-octane fund-raising event has been given the thumbs up by four charities hoping it can overtake last year’s £40,000 effort.
Snetterton Charity Race Day is offering motoring fans the chance to experience a breakneck lap in any of hundreds of cars at the circuit on November 17.
Having raised £41,000 last year, this year’s event is looking to fill the coffers of The Big C, East Anglian Air Ambulance, British Heart Foundation and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.
Fund-raisers from the four causes were at the South Norfolk track with organiser Shawn Taylor, from Snetterton Charity Events, to see the chicanes and straights for themselves.
Each said the money from the event was gratefully received.
The Big C will use the money to help fund its bid for a brachytherapy machine for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Diane Northway, community fund-raising manager for Big C, said she was delighted Mr Taylor had opted to back local charities this year.
“We knew all about the success of last year’s event so when we got the call from Shawn we were delighted.
“From our point of view it’s going to be a great day and it’s nice to work with other charities, especially local ones,” she said.
She also admitted to being tempted by a few laps herself.
“I’ll be fighting off my colleagues to get in a car - I’m not too worried which one, as long as it’s fast,” she said.
Olly Larkin, East Anglian Air Ambulance’s volunteers and collections co-ordinator, said, as a motorsport fan himself, he could understand why the event had been such a hit.
“We really appreciate them supporting us and we want to do everything we can to support them on the day.
“I am a bit of a motorsport nut to be honest. It might be a bit daunting to get in one of the cars but I think it depends what driver you get,” he said.
Cars available on the day will be put into a range of classes, with prices going from £15 for three laps up to £70.
Nearly 120 drivers will be putting pedal to the metal, with every one a veteran of the Norfolk circuit.
It takes place from 8am to 4pm with passenger rides available for children over 12 and 4ft 10in tall.
Entry is £10 per car.
A raffle is being run before the event, with the chance to win a ride voucher worth up to £90.
For more information, go to www.charityse.co.uk or facebook.com/charitysportingevents
Follow the event on Twitter via @strgroup