Local Go-Kart Company Steps It Up a Gear for Charity

A local go-karting company celebrated their return to the circuit by raising money for Essex’s only children’s hospice.

Rayleigh Indoor Karting on Brook Industrial Estate relaunched their brand on the 24th March by holding an ‘Arrive and Drive’ event in aid of Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley.

The event was attended by over 400 people who got the chance to experience karting and better their driving skills and lap times, as well as getting to compete in a variety of races for all ages. They also had entertainment throughout the day, food and drink and a raffle with a number of prizes including a signed football shirt from Southend United Football Club.

The charity is part of Havens Hospices, which also includes Fair Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice must raise over £46,000 every week to be there for families when they are told there is no cure for their child’s illness. They help by controlling pain and medication, offering respite and caring for children at the end of their lives.

They can only provide this free care with the support of the local community like the team at Rayleigh Indoor Karting who put on events like this. The ‘Arrive and Drive’ relaunch event raised nearly £4,500 for the charity and the team are now planning to make it an annual event.

Tracey Ellis, Manager at Rayleigh Indoor Karting explains,

“I chose to do our relaunch in aid of Little Havens after donating Christmas presents two years ago to the children and having a tour around the hospice. When I went on the tour, I realised what a magical place it is.

“I couldn’t believe what a truly amazing place it was and is, with lovely tranquil gardens and such caring beautiful staff that give families that are going through such tragic time love, care and support. Little Havens will be my charity for life as it has a very large place in my heart.

“We are now looking to host this as a Charity Fun Day for Little Havens every year to help them continue ‘Making every day count’ for all the families they care for.”

To find out more about Little Havens Hospice please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/littlehavens] or to find out more about Rayleigh Indoor Karting and their various packages including ‘Arrive and Drive’ days please click here [https://www.essexkarting.co.uk].

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