Bury St Edmunds' first soapbox challenge for My WiSH Charity is a roaring success
Bury St Edmunds held its first soapbox challenge at the weekend, which saw 14 groups take to the track in creative carts to raise money for My WiSH Charity.
Hundreds lined up along Mount Road on Saturday to watch as the teams battled it out for the top prizes.
The event was in aid of the charity’s Every Heart Matters Appeal, with all money, which is still being counted, going towards a new cardiac centre at West Suffolk Hospital.
Sue Smith, My WiSH fund-raising manager, said: “It was absolutely brilliant. When we thought about putting on the event we were nervous but we’re so so thrilled we did it and it went beyond our expectations. Everyone had an incredible time.”
Soapbox designs ranged from the Batmobile to a pirate ship, with the team from Sealey tool store bagging the prize for best box with their own branded forklift.
“The time, effort and thought that went into the carts was amazing and we had such a range,” said Sue.
“No-one was competitive and the camaraderie between everyone was fantastic. They did us proud and they did themselves proud.”
Judges Stephen Dunn, chief executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications, and Jo Churchill MP also awarded HS Direct, who sponsored the event, the prize for the best pre-race dance presentation, while Sprial Hardware won fastest time.
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