Back in 2013, while having breakfast at the Aero Club at Goodwood, we thought it might be fun to hire the Motor Circuit for a track day. Jonathan was already actively involved in raising funds for CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE, through the Teddy Bear Run, so it became obvious that it would be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the charity while allowing everyone to have a fun day out.
Being Porsche enthusiasts, we felt it should be a 'Porsche only' event and so Porsche Charity Day came into being. It is run on a non-profit basis with all the proceeds raised, after the cost of the motor circuit hire, going to CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE. The first event was held in October 2013 and we are now heading into our sixth year. With everyone’s help, we have raised over £37,000 and are pleased it has become an annual event on the Porsche owners calendar.
The Charity gets less than 7p in every pound funded by the government, and as a result, are reliant on fund raising events such as this. It costs £6,850 per day to run the centre, and families are never charged for their care. The 2016 Event raised sufficient money to Pay For A Day, and last year it was enough to cover two days.
We would like to this opportunity to thank Paul Robes, Lawrence Stockwell and the team at PARR who have offered invaluable advice and support over the years. Chris Seaward, Mandy Sutch and the team at PORSCHE CLUB GB who donate their time to both manage the bookings and the track event. We are also grateful for the effort that the crew at GOODWOOD MOTOR CIRCUIT put in to help make the day the success it is. Last but not least, a big thank you to VROOMPHOTO who take photos of the cars on the day, design and maintain both our website and Facebook page.
Jonathan Trees, Tony Clinch, John Rampton & Andrew Wilson