Classic car show steering course to big charity boost - The Leamington Observer

Classic car show steering course to big charity boost

Leamington Editorial 7th May, 2024   0

A CLASSIC car show in Leamington is on track to raise more than £5,000 for local charities.

Leamington Rotary Club raises several thousand pounds at its annual Classics at the Spa (CATS) show, which this year takes place on Sunday June 16.

Rotary president Barry Andrews said about 300 cars from across the Midlands were expected to draw large crowds to the Pump Room Gardens for the event, which this year will also feature classic motorcycles.

“This is good news for our two nominated charities this year – Warwickshire Search and Rescue and OurJay, a Rugby-based charity which raises money for defibrillators in public places.”

Warwickshire Search and Rescue, which received the King’s Award for Voluntary Service in January, is based at Stoneleigh and assists police in Warwickshire and West Midlands with searches for vulnerable people. It operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year and has undertaken more than 375 searches since its inception 11 years ago.

OurJay was set up in memory of 17 year-old Jamie Rees, who died of a cardiac arrest on New Year’s Day 2022. His mother, Naomi Rees-Issitt, said her son ‘s survival chances had been diminished by a chronic delay in critical care and a desperate lack of accessible defibrillators near to where he collapsed. The charity has since provided more than 150 defibrillators.

Sponsored by Startin Kia Warwick, admission is free to the public between 10.30 am and 4pm and there is plenty of live entertainment throughout the day, food and drink outlets and a dedicated picnic area.

Rotarian Simon Evans, who chairs the show’s organising committee, added: “We made a record surplus last year of £5,100, which was divided between Olly’s Wishes, which supports children with life-threatening illnesses. and Helping Hands, a community project which helps people to get back on their feet.”

Richard Roberts, dealer principal of Startin Kia Warwick on Heathcote Lane, off Europa Way, said: “Classic car shows are extremely popular and we were very pleased to be sponsoring this event again. Leamington Spa Rotary Club does tremendous work in raising money for charity and we are looking forward to supporting the show again this year.”

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