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260 fundraisers complete the Scumrun driving event

Over 260 people took part in this year’s Scumrun event, a fantastic four day driving challenge, which has raised over £80,000 for children’s medical research.

The driving challenge saw around 100 cars travelling through Europe to mystery locations. Scumrun, now in its seventh year, is the original charity driving event whose participants raise much needed funds for children’s charities. The event began on 3 May 2012 at Thruxton Motor Circuit and participants had to fiSparks Scumrun teamnd and photograph new checkpoints each day as their journey took them through France and Spain.

British racing driver and television presenter Tiff Needell helped to launch the event. Tiff spent the day meeting teams and looking at their car creations, all of which had been bought for £500 or less and then customised. A handful of lucky bidders were also taken for a spin around the track in Tiff’s own BMW.

All cars did a parade lap of the track before the evening proceedings, which saw another Sparks celebrity, David Gower OBE, join Tiff to accept a cheque for the overall event fundraising.

The money raised will make a huge difference to us and the impact we can have on children’s health in the future.

Susie Little, a participant in the challenge who fundraised in memory of her niece Matilda, said, “Team Miles for Matilda wanted to honour the memory of Matilda, who sadly died at just 28 hours old, and we certainly feel we’ve done that.  Nearly £8500 raised for Sparks and the donations are still coming in – it’s phenomenal and we are absolutely delighted.  The whole thing has been an experience of a lifetime.”Scumrun cars

Event participant, Matt England, said, “I signed up to the do the Scumrun because it looked like fun and it’s something I’ve always fancied doing.  I have to be honest that initially the charity side of the event wasn’t my main driver; that is until I started to read about all the fantastic work that Sparks do.  I have a healthy young son but looking at some of the saddening statistics I realised that I’m one of the lucky ones.  It also got me thinking of my friends and family who have been affected by conditions and problems that Sparks work so hard to fix.  So it became my main focus.  And for my team to raise in excess of £4,000 to finish second out of the 100 cars taking part in terms of fundraising is one of the proudest moments in my life.  And, as it turns out, the event was quite simply epic with so many other amazing people, an experience I will never forget.”

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