One Guernsey car club revved up in 2013 and raised over £1,500 for a local children’s charity

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Danielle Harvey, Robbie Stanford, Vicky Forrest (holding Kiara) Steve Forrest, Jo Priaulx, Neil Hughes and Connor Harvey.

The Sarnia Car Club has raised £1,715 for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation – and it’s just the beginning. Co-founder, Steve Forrest and his wife Vicky, treasurer, said they had been keen for the group to support a good cause.

‘We selected about seven different local charities and put it to a vote with our members and the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation was the clear winner,’ said Vicky.

Steve said the Foundation was an obvious choice for the Club, with its strong connection to Guernsey’s racing heritage.

Between June and December 2013, the Sarnia Car Club raised the money through car boot sales and via their show at Saumarez Park. The main fundraising effort was a car pull on the August Bank Holiday from the Bridge to the start of the Hill Climb at the bottom of Les Val des Terres.

Seven men pulled the four by four along the course and completed it in less than an hour.

‘It was a big car and we weighted it and gave it monster wheels,’ said Steve. His wife Vicky was pregnant with their daughter Kiara, now eight-months-old, so she was behind the wheel.

‘Jo and Andy came down to support us at the half way point, but we were going so fast we had already passed,’ said Steve.

The group is planning to repeat the event this year – and it’s going to be bigger and better. It is one of many events they have planned for 2014 to continue their ongoing support for the PPBF – a charity they have seen help their own friend’s newborn babies.

‘It’s nice to know that we were helping towards their care and making a real difference,’ said Steve.

Jo Priaulx was delighted to accept the cheque. She said the tireless work of islanders to raise money for the Foundation was making real change to local families facing a difficult time.

‘Having a premature baby can be an extremely worrying time and anything we can do to make that a little easier is fantastic.

‘We can’t thank the Sarnia Car Club enough for all the hard work they have put in to raise this money, and the continued support they are offering us.’