Go karters raise over £2,500 for Wooden Spoon Chilterns

Thrill-seekers raised a fantastic £2,572 for the Wooden Spoon Chilterns during a go karting evening held at Absolutely Karting in Maidenhead on Tuesday 19th October.

Eleven teams, each made up of five drivers aged eight and above, took part in the Le Mans-style endurance race. As well as showcasing driving skills, the teams had to have race strategy by switching drivers at regular intervals.

The race was won by the Maids U15 Racers who were representing Maidenhead Rugby Club and completed 105 laps of the track during the 90-minute race. A team from the rugby club also finished in second place.

Since the Wooden Spoon Chilterns committee was formed, it has raised and granted over £2 million to more than 40 life changing projects in the community which have recently included donations to Berkshire Youth for its Waterside Centre in Newbury, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice to help it create an accessible bedroom, and Thames Valley Adventure Playground so it can update its toilets and changing facilities.

Ray Hague, a volunteer from Wooden Spoon Chilterns, commented:

“Thank you to everyone who attended the evening and helped us raise a great amount of money. All the teams had so much fun and the event was fantastically arranged by the Absolutely Karting team; their support is greatly appreciated. It was such a success that it will become an annual event.

“The £2,572 raised during the evening will really help us to continue to fund protects throughout the region that benefit our community.”

Matt Schofield, Venue Manager at Absolutely Karting Maidenhead, added:

“The Wooden Spoon charity recently funded two specialist twin-seat karts that were donated to us and our sister company Rogue Leisure in Aylesbury. The karts allow children and young adults who have additional needs to enjoy the thrill of go-karting, so we were delighted to be able to support the charity by providing the venue for them to raise funds. It was a great evening and congratulations to the winning team.”

Wooden Spoon Chilterns presenting the two specially adapted two-seater karts for children with Special Educational Needs which was funded with a grant of £12,900.

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