Great Dunmow Soapbox Race in pictures: Event raises £40,000
PUBLISHED: 10:41 04 June 2019
MATTHEW NUTT PHOTOGRAPHY
On May 26 teams from all over the country descended on Great Dunmow to take part in the second Great Dunmow Soapbox Race
The event was organised by volunteers from Great Dunmow Round Table and saw 49 teams in soapbox racers of varying levels of robustness, tackle the challenging course down Braintree Road over jumps, chicanes and (new for this year) blizzard alley.
The event was attended by close to 20,000 people from all over Essex who were keen to see the action. There were thrills and spills and the event was won by local Dunmow Team the Flitch House.
The event was the brainchild of 22 year-old Jordan Bright who first suggested that Great Dunmow Round Table should host a Soapbox Race in the town.
Jordan said "The success of the event in only its second year has been phenomenal, I've been a big ran of the Red Bull Soapbox Race since I was young, thought why can't we bring something similar to Dunmow.
"It's been hard work planning and organising the event with the other members of Round Table, but it has been an overwhelming success. We have a few things to learn but hopefully next year will be even better"
The event was billed as a free event, but members of the public dug deep, meaning that the in total the event has raised just over £40,000.
The money being raised went to Mind West Essex and St Clare Hospice, as well as an amount being ring-fenced to invest back into community projects and good causes within the Great Dunmow Community.
Sarah Thompson, CEO of St Clare Hospice, said: "It costs £4.6m every year to deliver or expert, compassionate care to people with life-limiting illnesses in West Essex and East Herts.
"We have to raise 60% of this ourselves, which is equal to £7,000 every day, through generous donations and incredible support from individuals and organisations such as the Great Dunnow Roundtable.
"We literally couldn't do what we do - delivering care to people in their homes in Dunmow and running bereavement cafes in the local area to help people from Dunmow create new support networks when they lose a loved one."
Alison Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Mind West Essex said: "Mind in West Essex are delighted to have been chosen as one of the receiving charities of the 2019 Great Dunmow Soapbox Race.
"Mind in West Essex is the local mental health charity in this area. We are always looking for relevant ways to support local people with issues relating to their mental health.
"Funding the initiatives we would like to develop is always a struggle, so the income generated by The Soapbox Race is very exciting for us.
"Some projects that we may develop using the funds include: launching a men's support group, providing free one-off counselling sessions, and growing our bereavement service, as well as continuing to run awareness-building campaigns encouraging people to speak up and seek help."
Current Chairman of Joe Hancock finished by saying: "This year we tripled the number of volunteers helping at the event, as it simply would not be possible with the 20 members of Dunmow Round Table.
"I'd like to thank everyone that put on a high vis vest on the day to help, I'd also like to thank the vast number of local businesses and other community groups who provided support through sponsorship, manpower or providing equipment on the day."
Great Dunmow Round Table is currently looking for new members and is open to young men aged between 18 and 45.
The ethos behind Round Table is to meet other like-minded guys in the local community to enhance their social life and have a laugh whilst also making a difference in the community.
If you are interested in getting involved drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org