F1 charity evening raises £7,000-plus

One of the attractions at the F1-themed fundraiser.
One of the attractions at the F1-themed fundraiser.

A Formula 1-themed fundraiser organised by a Lincolnshire law firm has raised more than £7,000 to support the work of a county hospice.

The F1 Experience Evening was recently held at the Dower House Hotel in Woodhall Spa and was organised by Chattertons Solicitors.

Each year, staff from across the firm’s offices are asked to submit their preferred charity and then a vote is taken.

This year, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice received the most support in the ballot and now, thanks to the Formula One-themed fundraiser, the charity has an extra £7,275 to fund its work.

The evening started with a champagne reception and went on to include such motorsport-themed treats as the chance to admire a Lotus Lamborghini Formula 1 car, which was fired up and driven on the evening by owner Andrew Morris, and tour the £1 million motorhome that once belonged to Jenson Button.

The guest speaker, former Formula 1 Mclaren Racing mechanic Marc Priestley, gave insight into life in the pit lanes and working with some of the sport’s most famous drivers.

With help from local auctioneer Colin Young, from Golding Young & Mawer, an auction added to the fundraising total as visitors bid on items donated to Chattertons by Bernie Ecclestone, Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing, and Sahara Force India, along with such local businesses as Blyton Park and Ancaster Karting.

Peter Lawson, from Chattertons Solicitors, said: “The evening was a truly unique experience and our thanks go to everyone who supported the event by either attending and bidding or donating prizes.

“After writing to everyone in the F1 World, the response was amazing and the prizes incredibly generous. Having the opportunity to tour the motorhome and to hear the ferocity of the engine when the car was fired up, gave guests a taste of life on the F1 circuit”.