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Soapbox challenge will raise funds for cardiac unit at West Suffolk Hospital


By Newsdesk Bury


Barry Dowman, Sally Daniels and Paul Rayner launch the Bury Soapbox Challenge (2508455)
Barry Dowman, Sally Daniels and Paul Rayner launch the Bury Soapbox Challenge (2508455)

Bury St Edmunds is set to get its first ever soapbox challenge when the fast paced and whacky event comes to town to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital.

Entries are already pouring in for the challenge being held on Mount Road, Moreton Hall on Saturday, September 1.

Some 20 teams will be battling it out in their home made soapboxes as they race their go-karts through a course which will include a ramp and chicane along the downhill dash.

It costs £250 per team to enter and all money raised will go towards the My WiSH Every Heart Matters appeal which wants to raise £500,000 towards the new £5.2 million cardiac unit at the hospital.

The challenge is sponsored by local firms EL Direct and HS Direct in Kempson Way.

Director at HS Direct, Barry Dowman, whose company is entering a team, said: "I’m keen to see the challenge become a significant calendar event for Bury St Edmunds."

Paul Rayner, chairman of the My WiSH special events committee, added: “We don’t believe Bury has ever had a soapbox challenge. It’s a great way to bring people together.”

To register go to http:mywishcharity.wsh.nhs.uk/Charity/Events/SoapBoxChallenge.aspx



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