Observer readers thanked for making charity event a success

editorial image

READERS have been thanked for helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Famed drivers from the Goodwood Revival meetings came to the motor circuit on August 6 to give rides to people.

Around £9,000 was raised for bereaved children in West Sussex.

The event was in support of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and Cruse Bereavement Care for Children.

As the event had been featured in the Observer in the week leading up to the event, organisers said a lot of people who turned up were readers of the paper.

West Sussex Cruse chairman Michael Milligan, who has been a Revival regular for the past 17 years, was also one of the drivers on the day taking passengers around the track, with his HWM Jaguar.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “It was great to see the smiles on the faces of passengers as they got out of the cars at the end of their circuits.

“In fact several decided to go again in another of the classic cars that were available on the day.

“All we can do is express our thanks to Observer newspaper readers for their support in making this event such an enormous success.”

Other cars available on the day included the Jaguar C, D and E types, an Aston Martin DB5, a Ford GT40 and a number of other cars that usually take part in the Goodwood Revival meeting.

A number of racing stars also agreed to help out on the day, including Andy Wallace, a Le Mans winner and constructor and driver Gordon Spice.

Rides in the cars were available to the public on a first-come-first-served basis for people aged 14 and over, with passengers donating a minimum of £50 to the event, named Classic Track for Children.

Organisers said, following the success of this year’s event, hopes were high that the event could take place again on the motor circuit next year.

Speaking to the Observer prior to the event, Michael said the money would be used to help support bereaved children within West Sussex, with funds going towards helping to train volunteers.