Heritage were Abandoned 2011

October has been an uncharacteristically warm month this year and heading out to Fort Pezeries at Pleinmont, it seemed like we had picked a perfect night for our abandoned challenge. However with little cloud cover that day, temperatures soon plummeted as the sun set over the horizon.

The team set up camp, built a fire and set in for a night in a spooky fort and a stone’s throw from Guernsey’s famous fairy ring. The team fashioned a temporary shelter within the walls of the Fort and set about claiming their sleeping quarters for the evening.

The turn of midnight saw a walk over to the Fairy Ring and in age old tradition everyone circled the ring three times and then made a wish in the middle – it is yet to be seen if these wishes will come true…..
After much chatter and storytelling around the camp fire to keep spirits up, morning was finally upon us. Sleeping in the open October air chilled the team to their bones and everyone was keen to get home for a warm bath and some hot food.

The team did an amazing fundraising effort and this year raised over £1,600 from friends, family, work colleagues and clients which makes a fabulous donation to Hope for a Child, a great charity doing fantastic work for a worthwhile cause!!!

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Heritage Charity Hill Climb

In October 2010 Heritage organised the inaugural Charity Sprint which enabled 100 members of the public to sprint their cars (with 100+ spectators also having passengers rides) along the closed Vazon coast road over a quarter mile. The event was a huge success and importantly raised £22,500 for the “Pink Ladies” from sponsorship that participants raised together with sponsorship from numerous companies that kindly became involved.

Following the success of the event and the demand from other people to take part, a further Heritage Sprint was held in April this year. Incredibly this event raised £35,100 for the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief.

In order to keep the interest of participants, spectators and sponsors alike, in 2012 the Heritage Charity event will be a Hill Climb up the Val des Terres and will be held on Saturday 30th June 2012. This will be similar to the previous two charity sprints being open to members of the public in their own cars and will be an all-day event from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

Heritage will remain the main sponsor but the organisation of the event has been passed over to the Lions Club of Guernsey, together with members of the Guernsey Motorcycle & Car Club and Guernsey Kart & Motor Club, who kindly give up their time to assist in organising these events.

We hope to raise similar or even more money than the last two events and all funds raised will be split equally between Headway Guernsey and the Lions Club of Guernsey benefitting local charitable causes. This event will add to the funds raised from the Lions Club of Guernsey’s usual annual events such as the Donkey Derby, Swimarathon (jointly with Round Table) and Winter Wonderland (jointly with Cancer Research).

Although the event is not taking place for some time, we are now taking entries which will be limited, so would recommend that you apply now to avoid disappointment. The cost will be £75 to include a 3 course meal at La Grande Mare on the evening of Sunday 1st July. In addition all participants will have to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100 with a substantial motorsport orientated prize for the individual who raises the most sponsorship. If you would like to take part please e-mail Stuart Butler with your name, vehicle details and phone number and further details will then be provided.
Stuart Butler, Organising Committee

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