My WiSH Charity Soap Box Challenge to take place again this year
It proved a great success last year and for the second year running the My WiSH Charity Soap Box Challenge is to take place again.
And now organisers are calling for people to take part in the event on Mount Road, in Bury St Edmunds.
There’s a host of prizes up for grabs with money raised from the challenge going to support the charity’s Butterfly Appeal to help further enhance end of life care at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Taking place on Saturday, August 31, between 10.30am and 3pm, teams can compete for the best soap box, best presentation, fastest time and a new category, top fundraiser which goes to the team who raise the most money for My WiSH.
If you loved the days of making a go-kart from pram wheels and a wooden crate with your mates and would like to recreate those days with an added flair then this could be the event for you.
This year it promises to be bigger and better with more thrills but hopefully not too many spills and is a real family day out.
Last year there was a variety of entries from all over the town and beyond with gaily decorated soap boxes trying to beat each other’s times down the hill of Mount Road.
But there’s set to be more obstacles on the course to help make the journey down a little more fun.
Barry Dowman, who is director of HS Direct, on the Moreton Hall Estate and who is supporting the event, said: “We had a team in it last year and came third so we are aiming to improve on our position but more importantly it’s a great time to bring people together for the day and if we can get the sunshine it could live long in the calendar for Bury St Edmunds.”
Mr Dowman, who is also on the organising committee of the race, said that they were working on improving the timings between the runs to ensure there was no big time gaps between each team racing down the track.
He was also hoping that hundreds of people will flock to watch the spectacle from the vantage points along the route.
The entry fee is £100 per team and they will be based at Soapbox City at the Priory School who will be selling refreshments to raise funds for the school.
Sue Smith, head of fundraising said “We learnt so much at our first soapbox. We’ve got an amazing team from local companies working with us this year to help us host a fantastic day for the local community. It’s also a great way of people working together and team building to create and race their soapboxes. Last year was such a brilliant day and we can’t wait to do it again.”
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Written by Russell Cook