The total figure raised and donated to Kidney Research as a result of the 2015 Camberley Car Show amounted to £8,452.00. Cash donations and sponsorship amounted to £7,002.00 which was paid in to the South West Thames Kidney Fund (Charity Reg. No. 800952). In addition, ‘Sporting Bears’ motor club, who participated at the Show, raised a fantastic £1,450.00 and this figure was donated to the Charity (Reg. No. 266630): ‘Kids Kidney Research’.
There are so many people I need to thank for helping make the Event the success it was. It is difficult to know where to begin but, as it is after all a car show, I would like to begin by thanking all of the car and other vehicle owners who gave up their day and provided their vehicles free of charge and, at their expense – without you we wouldn’t have a car show! I would especially like to thank Dave Wilson and Russ Carpenter for the effort they put in by transporting their incredible dragster racers to the event – by no means an easy task.
To see the Bloodhound SSC in Park Street was absolutely amazing. I had tried to get it for the 2014 show but failed, so I was delighted when after prolonged discussions and the direct intervention of Richard Noble, it was agreed that the team would bring it to Camberley for this year’s show.
Last year F1 legend Jody Scheckter agreed to let me have his F1 Wolf car for the show and, when this year I asked about the possibility of getting his iconic 6-wheel Tyrrell P34 and he agreed, I was thrilled and, as last year, he provided it free-of-charge in support of the Kidney Fund. A-Plan Insurance Ltd (Camberley Branch) kindly sponsored its transportation to and from the show and Footman-James Insurance provided the necessary £1M insurance cover, again – free of charge.
A massive thank you TV and Radio presenter Chris Evans who, when I asked about the possibility of us having his fantastic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, immediately said ‘Yeah, I get it, we can do that’ – and he did – again, in support of the Kidney Fund it was provided free of charge! Massive thanks also to Tim who looks after Chris’s cars, for giving up his day and offering to drive Chitty to and from the Camberley Show.
Grateful thanks is also due to Edd China, star of Discovery Channel’s ‘Wheeler Dealers’ programme, who proved to be a major attraction at the Show and he brought along his amazing ‘Outspan Orange’ on wheels. Edd spent the whole day in Camberley, free of charge, meeting and greeting people and queues soon formed when he spent time signing autographs at the two Kidney Fund gazebos, in Park Street and the High Street.
I must also say a huge thank you to ‘Stig’ and the many other volunteers we had, family, friends, kidney patients, kidney donors and kidney recipients all braving the high temperatures to help with vehicle marshalling and in the collection of donations and thank you to all who visited the Show and generously gave donations into the many buckets and collection boxes that were around the town.
Finally, on behalf of the Kidney Fund I must thank the Directors and Staff of ‘Collectively Camberley’ who have as always played a major part by providing considerable time and sponsorship in the overall organisation, preparation, promotion and marshalling of the Show on the day, their contribution is invaluable.
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