Soapbox derby puts Bluebell Wood in line for national prize

By Gareth Dennison | 17/05/2017

Soapbox derby puts Bluebell Wood in line for national prize
One of the soapbox carts competing at Clifton Park in October

BLUEBELL Wood’s first soapbox derby has been shortlisted in the 2017 National Fundraising Awards.

The race event, held at Clifton Park last October, attracted 3,500 spectators with 51,000 more watching online.

The derby involved daredevil drivers negotiating a 500m downhill course in homemade carts made of baths, bike, wheelchair parts and other objects.

The children’s hospice has been nominated for the best use of events award at the Institute of Fundraising’s annual prizegiving.

Bluebell Wood events organiser Jo Berry said: “We needed something new and different to engage with the Rotherham community and encourage new supporters. 

“Many of the spectators told us afterwards that the event had brought Rotherham people together and commented on the community spirit it achieved. 

“It’s incredibly exciting that the event has been recognised by the prestigious Institute of Fundraising and we’re really looking forward to our next Soapbox Derby on September 30.”

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