A supercar event near Bedford, which saw supercar fans descend on Sharnbrook from all over the UK, has raised £60,000 for the Rays of Sunshine charity which helps grant wishes to sick children.
The event was organised by Ciro Ciampi, CEO of The Sharnbrook Hotel and founder of Petolhedonism, and ambassador of the charity, Yianni Charalambous.
They had hoped to raise £30,000 but this target was smashed with the final total coming in at £60,000.
Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, said: “The day was simply sensational from beginning to end. We can’t begin to thank Ciro and Yianni enough for all of their hard work in organising this incredible event.
“£60,000 is a phenomenal amount of money and will enable Rays of Sunshine to bring joy and hope to hundreds of seriously ill children, for which we can’t be more grateful.
“Thank you to everyone who came along on the day and helped make this event such a huge success.”
Money was raised with some of entrance fee and VIP lunch ticket being donated directly to the charoty, as well as bids on a ride in one of the Supercars, raffle prizes, and pictures taken with Rays of Sunshine ambassador, YouTuber and car customiser to the stars, Yianni Charalambous.
The Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, made up of seriously ill children who have had their own wishes granted by the charity also performed on the day.
8-year-old Callum who has Neurofibromatosis, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy; 9-year-old Emily who has cystic fibrosis, 7-year-old Lucas, who is in remission from a relapsed Wilm’s Tumour, 12-year-old Brooke who is living in remission from a brain tumour and 13-year-old Tamzin, who is living with Neurofibromatosis, performed a poignant rendition of ‘This is me’ from hit film The Greatest Showman at the VIP lunch.
The children were then bought car rides in Yianni’s super Lamborghini by generous supporters on the day to make it even more special.
Ciro said: “Wow! What a day. Such an amazing turnout. I am so overwhelmed with the amount of support and generosity from everyone who came along.
“We wanted to make this year’s event bigger and better than last year, aiming to raise £30k in one day and we absolutely smashed our target – doubling it to raise £60k.
“Whether you donated, brought along your own supercar, volunteered your time, or came along with friends and family, thank you.”
Yianni, added: “This year’s event took it to another level! Thank you to everyone who came along and made the event such a huge success.
“£60k will make sure a massive difference to Rays of Sunshine and the brave and inspiring children they support, so thank you. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to meet so many families and supporters – your generosity was incredible.”
Rays of Sunshine children’s charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.
For more information about Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit raysofsunshine.org.uk.