Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is celebrating after winning a prestigious national award for its hugely successful Soapbox Derby event.
The first children’s hospice to create a Soapbox Derby, Bluebell Wood scooped the Best Use of Events trophy at the National Fundraising Awards for the event that has become one of its most successful community activities to date.
Bluebell Wood’s first Soapbox Derby in 2016 raised £17,000, attracted 3,500 spectators and engaged nearly a quarter of a million people on Facebook. Daredevil teams from across South Yorkshire braved bumps, jumps and chicanes in hand-built racing cars on a 500 metre downhill course at Clifton Park, Rotherham.
Run by the Institute of Fundraising, the National Fundraising Awards are the only one of their kind that reward excellence and best practice in the voluntary sector, celebrating the achievements of fundraisers across the UK.
Judges said the Soapbox Derby was: ‘Highly innovative and creative. Bluebell Wood devised new ways of engaging a wide, diverse mix of potential supporters, using media, community fundraising, PR and digital platforms. All of this was achieved on a limited budget and it has the potential to be replicated year on year.’
Bluebell Wood’s Events Organiser Jo Berry, who devised and delivered the event with volunteers’ help, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our Soapbox Derby has been recognised by the Institute of Fundraising. It’s great to have brought such a respected accolade back to South Yorkshire and it’s all thanks to the volunteers, supporters and fundraisers who helped make this event such a big success.
“Fundraising events like these help us do even more for families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North Lincolnshire who are facing the toughest of times. We would love it if even more people join us at our next Soapbox Derby on 30 September and help make this year’s event even bigger.”
To sign up to this year’s Soapbox Derby for just £100 per team – and to find out about other Bluebell Wood events – download Bluebell Wood’s free Events App by searching for “Bluebell Wood Events” in the Apple or Google stores.
For other ideas to help Bluebell Wood make more memories for the 250 children and young adults it cares for, please visit www.bluebellwood.org.