Supercars rev up £50,000 for Bluebell Wood

To celebrate the incredible milestone of raising over £50,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, 21 owners brought their spectacular supercars for a spin to the hospice on Thursday, with their boots full to the brim of Easter eggs.

25 children who are supported by Bluebell Wood got the chance to sit in the drivers’ seats of the luxurious vehicles; which included a Ferrari Scuderia and a Lamborghini Aventador.

Gareth Mayor, whose daughter Elsa passed away at the hospice, said “It’s amazing, absolutely amazing. I’ve seen Supercars at car shows before but never this close and I’ve never sat in one before. It was absolutely brilliant and it’s really good of Bluebell Wood and Supercar Driver to let families come here and experience it. It’s a nice escape. The kids love it too, my daughter Olivia has been in just about every single car – twice. It’s really good fun for them to experience it.”

Adam Thorby, of Sheffield, created Supercar Driver as a members club for owners of supercars in 2009. The club offers money can’t buy experiences and give people a reason to get together and meet other like-minded drivers.

Adam started raising money for the North Anston based hospice in 2011 after he attended a Virgin Racing event where money was being donated to Bluebell Wood.

Adam said “What’s really nice is using the cars in a positive way. We do a lot of events but to be able to use the cars and be able to make a difference is great. Seeing people’s faces, letting them rev the engines and sit in them and experience them; it’s a really nice feeling, and feels amazing.

We’ve gone past the £50,000 mark and I feel like we’ve really stepped it up. I can see the £100,000 coming up a lot quicker. We raised £13,000 in about two hours at our last event.”

Adam and his fellow Supercar drivers have raised over £53,000 to date, and are continuing their support of the hospice. They’re planning another Supercar day at Meadowhall Centre on 13th May 2017. Last year’s event was incredibly popular, with over 50 cars on display.

Julie Hampson, Corporate Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “Our motto at Bluebell Wood is “living with love and laughter” and we make precious memories for children every day. I know the supercars are a huge hit with our families, and we can’t thank Adam and all the drivers enough for their phenomenal support, and the incredible amount raised. This means we could give neo-natal care to 53 families whose baby has just been diagnosed with a life-shortening condition.

To find out how you can help Bluebell Wood and the 250 children they care for, both at the hospice and in the community, please visit www.bluebellwood.org.

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