Fundraising in the fast lane
A motorsport-themed charity dinner raised
over £25,000 for St John Ambulance Buckinghamshire
on Saturday 10 July.
The event was hosted by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire,
Countess Howe, at her Penn House residence in Amersham. The
Countess, who is also President of St John Ambulance
Buckinghamshire, was the driving force behind the event, which
featured an impressive array of classic motor vehicles once owned
and raced by her relative and motor-racing legend Earl
Impressive line up of vehicles
Guests were treated to a display of some of the former Earl's
most famous racing cars including the MG K3, which he drove to
victory in the 1933 Italian road race the Mille
Miglia. The collection displayed on the front lawns of
Penn House also included a vintage ambulance belonging to
St John Ambulance dating back to 1929.
Event-goers were offered an opportunity to look 'under the hood'
of the extraordinary selection and discuss the finer details of the
driving, maintenance and ownership of such cars as the MG
K3, the Earl's Alfa Romeo 2300 8C, Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport and
Type 57S Atalante.
Clive Harrington, County Director for St John Ambulance
Buckinghamshire helped to organise the event and said, 'We are
delighted with how the evening went and to have raised such a
staggering amount of money is fantastic. To get all of the cars
together for one evening took a huge amount of coordination with
their owners but our guests were really wowed by them so it was
well worth it.'
Putting the funds to use
The money raised will help volunteers to continue to be
the difference in local Buckinghamshire communities by
providing first aid at public events, developing young people and
passing on their vital lifesaving skills to
'We have a number of specific projects for which we are
currently trying to raise funds in order to expand our services to
communities throughout the county. However it was agreed in advance
that that funds from the raffle will be used to meet an urgent
appeal from our colleagues in St John Ambulance, Zimbabwe, for a
special premature baby incubator for the 4x4 ambulance.'
St John Ambulance has over 800 volunteers in
Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes who last year treated over 600
casualties at public events in the county.