A long standing tradition of raising money for mainly locally based charities has generated over £44k from spectators and drivers at the Castle Combe circuit this year.
The circuit’s charity raising started in earnest in 1989 by the late circuit boss Howard Strawford who instigated the donation of gate receipts from its car boot sales to charities and causes close to the circuit. This year’s car boot sale gate receipts exceeded £8k with organisations such as the Castle Combe Colts and Yatton Keynell Brownies benefitting.
In recent years, it has been money raised from track days which has generated the most impressive amounts. Over £20k was raised from track days organised by Christopher Darwin from Devon, with more than £100k generated at the circuit for various charities in the last 14 years. One of these days on Friday 6th October raised a whopping £2520 for cancer charity, Hope for Tomorrow. Hope for Tomorrow is a dedicated charity, bringing cancer care closer to patients’ homes via our Mobile Chemotherapy Units (MCUs).
The circuit’s ten race meetings also had charity collections in aid of causes such as the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, with more than £4k raised this year.
Amongst other fund raising activities are the circuit’s ‘Action Days’ where various charitable activities take place, such as passenger rides for the charity "Mission Motorsport". This is a charity who aid the recovery and rehabilition of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through Motorsport.
Not to mention circuit's own "Rallyday", which partenered up with the Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre as the event's official charity partner, raising £650. The charity were also over the moon to have raised awareness and gained exposure for thier worthy cause.
The latest event held at the circuit, the Supercar Saturday on October 28, was entirely for the benefit of the Bristol based division of the Stroke Association.
Graham Marshallsay, M.D. of Castle Combe circuit said, “We take our involvement with the community very seriously and as well as the impressive sums raised there are lots of other ways we try to help such as with the 119 raffle prize donations we made this year to local charities. We like to think we are making a difference.”
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