BLUEBELL Wood’s debut soapbox derby has been honoured with a national award.
The race, watched by 3,500 spectators in Clifton Park, scooped the best use of events trophy at the National Fundraising Awards.
The event raised £17,000 for the children’s hospice and engaged with nearly 250,000 people on Facebook as daredevil teams took on the 500-metre downhill course.
Bluebell Wood events organiser Jo Berry, who devised and delivered the event with help from volunteers, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our soapbox derby has been recognised.
“It’s great to have brought such a respected accolade back to South Yorkshire and it’s all thanks to the volunteers, supporters and fundraisers who helped make this event such a big success.
“Fundraising events like these help us do even more for families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North Lincolnshire who are facing the toughest of times.
“We would love it if even more people joined us at our next soapbox derby on September 30 to help make this year’s event even bigger.”
The awards are run by the Institute of Fundraising to reward and celebrate best practice in the voluntary sector.
Judges described the event as highly innovative and creative, praising the use of media and digital platforms to engage with supporters.
They added: “All of this was achieved on a limited budget and it has the potential to be replicated year on year.”
Entry to this year’s soapbox derby is £100 per team. Find out more at www.bluebellwood.org or by downloading Bluebell Wood’s free events app from the Apple or Google store.