Tim laps upcharity race

THE president of a Spen Rotary spin-off got a high-profile response when she asked her son for fundraising ideas.

Saturday, 22nd October 2011, 2:00 pm

Tim Sugden suggested a gruelling karting event which he hopes will be ‘the race of the season’.

And the challenge will raise money for the Forget me not Trust Hospice - the charity supported by Cleckheaton Inner Wheel president, his mum Margaret Sugden.

Tim is a professional racing driver and he has rung round everyone he knows to get involved in the race at Daytona, Milton Keynes on October 30.

“We have a lot of national and international level drivers taking part,” said Tim.

“It’s a two-hour endurance race. The response has been good. Motor racing is great in this way.”

The Milton Keynes Forget me not Trust 500 is a Le Mans-style endurance race with three to six drivers per team. Tim said: “Team work and strategy will be key as each team battles to complete most laps.”

Teams must have at least three drivers, six at most and each team has to make a minimum of five pitstops. Team entry fee is £500.

The Trust was set up to provide a hospice service for terminally-ill children in West Yorkshire and has just received the keys to a purpose-built base in Huddersfield. Services include respite care and a home visit service that helps all the family cope with the illness.

Mrs Sugden is raising funds for a soft play area. She said: “This is a place of play that makes the hospice a home that children, their siblings and families are happy to visit. It is safe and comfortable for children with multiple, complex disabilities.”

Anyone interested should contact [email protected]