Sonia Burt, a long standing supporter of the Hospice for many decades, having raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity, had a dream to host a Car Rally inspired by her husband David Burt, a keen car enthusiast, for both his enjoyment and to raise money for the Hospice in appreciation of the care David is receiving through our Outreach Service.
Around the same time, Simon Crockford called the Hospice enquiring about how to use his love of vintage cars and extensive connections with classic car owners, to bring a Car event to Kent in aid of the Hospice, in recognition of the support and care his Aunty Peggy received. Simon wanted to create an event in her memory drawing on his knowledge and networks, but didn’t have a venue of his own.
Connecting these two wonderful supporters together to share their mutual plans and aspirations proved the catalyst for success and the first Classic Car Rally was born.
After months of planning and the hard work of Sonia, Simon and a small army of wonderful volunteers, helpers, family members and supporters, the event took place in the stunning grounds of Top Hill Farm and hosted over 80 cars, ranging from old classics, to more contemporary exhibits.
The late summer sun shone all day, with live music enjoyed over glorious cakes and cool refreshments. Over 80 exhibitors and visitors came along to enjoy the show and as it drew to a close, a fantastic raffle was announced by retired England Cricketer, Chris Cowdrey, with one lucky winner receiving a Cartier watch worth over £2000, kindly donated by Collins and Sons jewellers of Tunbridge Wells.
After speeches by Sonia’s husband David, who took to the microphone to thank his wife, Simon and everyone attending for making the event so special, Simon Crockford paid tribute to his beloved Aunty Peggy, the inspiration behind his initial idea, and Nick Farthing, Chief Executive at Hospice in the Weald who thanked everyone for their kindness and generosity, it was time to retire and reflect on the success of the event, which raised a terrific total of £8,430.
Louise Wardle, Head of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald said
“What a special day we enjoyed at the Classic Car Show. The event was the result of an incredible amount of hard work and dedication from our wonderful organisers Sonia, Simon and the team of people who worked closely with them to support their fundraising dreams.
The event was a perfect tribute to Simon’s beloved Aunty Peggy, and thoroughly enjoyed by Sonia’s lovely Husband David. To see the fruits of their labour and their individual dreams merge into one truly amazing event, was a highlight for me this year and is all the more wonderful for the incredible amount of money raised for the Hospice. On behalf of everyone at Hospice in the Weald, thank you.”
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