Soapboxes will steer for gold in Bluebell Wood’s very first Soapbox

Ready, set, go… get ready to roll on down to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice’s very first Soapbox Derby.

Forty teams have cleverly crafted their soap boxes and will be racing on Saturday 1st October 2016 at Clifton Park, Rotherham between 10.30am – 6.30pm. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer on the pit crews for free and also browse the spectacular classic cars on show.

The teams will be battling it out to be crowned Soapbox Champion and will hope to reach the finish line with their carts in one piece.

One of the teams taking part is Ethan’s Rocket, who are racing in memory of Ethan Muffett. Ethan passed away at Bluebell Wood when he was just six days old, after being born with a heart defect.

His parents, Anna and Matt, were told that it was only a matter of time before they would have to say goodbye to their baby, so they moved to Bluebell Wood where they could be a family.

Anna said: “When we arrived, we were made to feel at home straight away. Being at Bluebell Wood meant we could make memories and hold Ethan as much as we wanted. Everyone at Bluebell Wood was amazing, which is why we’d like to raise as much money as possible so they can continue to support families like ours.”

Jo Berry, Events Fundraiser said: “We’re really excited to see so many teams like Ethan’s Rocket take part in our Soapbox Derby this weekend. I can’t wait to see how our drivers handle the 500 metre course, which is full of twists and turns such as our Bone Rattler and Kamikaze ramp.

“Our hospice is filled with lots of love and laughter, and we hope our Soapbox Derby will bring plenty of these for our supporters, who are helping us to care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions.”

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