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Beverley’s very own Wacky Races set to roll
Beverley woman Holly Raper is on a fund-raising mission for the second year in a row to raise money and awareness for the national charity Pancreatic Cancer Action. She is organising her annual ‘Wacky Racers’ event which will start on July 7th.
Holly and her team developed the first Wacky Racers in 2016. A three-day challenge, sponsored by Incentive FM and East Riding Group, saw a group of old bangers set off on a treasure hunt across the North Yorkshire Moors. They raised over £4,000 and this year they have taken on the challenge again!
There are ten teams taking part this year, with an even lower budget spent on each car (meaning at least one will break down on route!), more mystery destinations per day (meaning more miles) and teams losing points if selfies are incomplete or destinations not found.
Holly got involved with Pancreatic Cancer Action after losing her beloved grandfather David to pancreatic cancer in October 2012. Not only does she put on Wacky Racers, but she is also instrumental in raising awareness during awareness month in November.
Holly said: “A great number of teams are involved this year from all over England. Until the morning of the event, teams have absolutely no idea where they are going or where they’re staying for the night. Wacky Racers is a completely different kind of charity event which not only raises money but much-needed awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.
“My grandad David lost his battle with pancreatic cancer five years ago and it completely shook me. I since heard the shocking survival rates and I knew I had to do something. Along with my partner, Gerald Pickford, who helped me organize the event last year, we decided to do it again. It takes a lot of hard work but it is all worth it to see people enjoying themselves and at the end when I see how much money has been raised.
“A lot of teams from last year have entered again along with some new teams and this year the route is longer with more locations along the way. I just can’t wait to get started!”
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.
Lucy Delemos, the fundraising manager at Pancreatic Cancer Action says: “We are delighted that Holly and the team are taking up the challenge again in 2017 and are looking forward to watching the event unfold on the facebook page!”
“Her fundraising efforts are amazing and without people like Holly we couldn’t continue to do our work.”
To support Holly and the teams visit their Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wackyracers201