Biggest banger event in UK to take place this weekend
16 October 2013
260 Banger Racers from across the UK will be coming together on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October at Arena-Essex Raceway to raise funds in memory of one year old Maya Ford from Dartford who died of meningitis in 2012.
For one meeting only fans will be see the return of the notorious Suicide Squad in Mark 1 and 2 Granadas at the stadium in the Olly Moran Memorial Meet which will raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation.
Paul Whiteman , the event organiser and Maya’s 2nd cousin said: “We wanted to put on an event to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) in Maya’s memory as they have been so supportive since she died last year.”
“Our family have been involved in banger racing for over 35 years and my uncle, Chris Whiteman (Maya’s Grandad) is coming out of retirement to lead the Suicide Squad again alongside my dad Dennis Whiteman who also raced in the team. If you are interested in banger racing this is a not to be missed event, as the Suicide Squad are just the tip of the iceberg of driving talent in the biggest bash of the year. Money raised at this event will help Meningitis Research Foundation to continue to spread awareness of the disease, fund research and help families who have been through the same heartbreak as we have.”
Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Whiteman family for organising this banger racing extravaganza as we really do rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Sadly the family know better than anyone how this disease affects babies and how quickly it strikes. Every penny raised from this weekend will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”
Tickets for the event can only be purchased on the day.
A big thank you also to the community in Northumberland Heath who got involved or donated to MRF via Dawn Whiteman (Maya's Grandma) during Meningitis Awareness Week in September. Through their generous donations £1171 was raised which is enough to fund an entire week of one of our research projects investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of meningitis and septicaemia.
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