Soap box race proves a hit for charities again
12th June 2019
A popular soapbox kart race returned for another year at Dunorlan Park over the weekend and raised £28,000 for charity, despite the wet and dreary weather.
The second Crazy Jean’s event saw hundreds of people brave the wind and rain to cheer on the local businesses and organisations that took on the downhill course.
The race, organised by PR firm Chatty Hatter with Times Local Newspapers as media partner, saw more than 40 karts compete, all built by students at West Kent College and personalised by the individual teams.
Team Muckas, formed from several businesses, had the fastest downhill time of 29.31 seconds.
Ashley Pitman, who competed in the Back to the Future themed team, lost his wife Rebekah Gibbs to cancer in 2014.
The television and musical theatre actress, who portrayed Nina Farr in the BBC medical drama Casualty was cared for by the Hospice in the Weald, one of the charities to benefit from the event alongside Taylor Made Dreams.
Mr Pitman said: “The event is a good vehicle to raise money for for good causes.
“Personally it is super important to take part and raise as much money each year.
“I was so pleased that Gigi (Ashley’s daughter) was there to raise the cup at the end.”
Matt Walsh, another team member, added: “There was a really great turn out despite the rain, which caused its problems that’s for sure.
“We are quite a competitive team but we had a great driver, Richard and there were three of us pushing to give us a good start.”