Racing fans headed to Brands Hatch on Sunday (April 28th) for a unique chance to walk around the track and support their local children’s hospice.
Demelza held its first sponsored Rise n Shine Walk and fun day at the circuit on Sunday (April 28th) as part of its Go Dotty for Demelza campaign.
Around 250 walkers were joined by Dotty, Demelza’s mascot and three Stormtroopers to take part in one lap of the track (around 1. 2 miles) or two laps (around 2.4 miles) with prizes for the dottiest costumes.
Some people had a personal reason for taking part. A group of 11 took part in the walk in memory of Colby who died at Demelza in 2006.
Mum Nicky Obray, from Rainham, said: “It’s a fantastic place. We still go to Demelza now to the bereavement weekend and whatever we can do for them we do.”
Lots of walkers got into the spirit of go dotty, with clowns Dotty and Spotty coming along and even a man in a dress.
As well as the walk Demelza supporters got a chance to bring their sports cars to Brands Hatch and enjoy driving two laps around the track before a three course lunch and talk from Jackie Oliver about his long and varied career in motorsports.
Sarah Marsh, Events Co-ordinator said: “Thank you so much for everyone who gave up their Sunday lie in to join us at Brands Hatch. You got up early in recognition for our families who often don’t get a full night’s sleep. You helped us raise vital funds to give short breaks to families who really need our help.”
The walk launched Demelza’s 15th birthday year of celebrations which culminates with a bike ride from Sittingbourne to Paris in April 2014.