Racing Stars Raise Thousands For Rockinghorse

A charity motorsport event has raised an incredible amount of money for local children’s charity Rockinghorse.

‘The Bears Big Bash’ event was held at Arlington Raceway in Eastbourne on Saturday 8 July, and raised £33,300 for the charity’s 50th anniversary appeal; Sussex Giving for Sussex Children.

The Bears 'Nutty Nige' waves to fans at the banger racing event 

Considered the country’s largest and most respected banger racing motorsport team, The Bears took part in their fifth charity meeting in front of a packed crowd after months of hard work organising the event.

Michael Burnage MBE, event organiser and Rockinghorse ambassador, said: “In the last two years we have raised some very large amounts for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, and so as a group we were looking to keep that momentum going.

“The local motor racing community in Sussex is a very generous one. Throughout the year we have held several smaller events to complement our huge race event in July. With drivers taking part from all over Sussex, it is extremely important to us to put back into the community in such a positive way.”

Liz McCluskey, Schools and Community Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, added: “Once again The Bears have gone above and beyond to raise an amazing amount of money for our cause and we are over the moon with their incredible efforts.

“On behalf of everyone at Rockinghorse, I’d like to thank Michael and The Bears for choosing to support us at their charity event again this year and fundraising to make a real difference to the lives of sick children in Sussex.”

In previous years, The Bears have raised funds to enable the charity to purchase vital heart monitors and life-saving defibrillators.

Rockinghorse aims to raise £500,000 in 2017 which will be split between 10 children’s centres and paediatric services across Sussex, including the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, of which the charity is the official fundraising arm.

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