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Sports stars raise £100,000 for NSPCC at Bedford Autodrome

Tuesday, March 12 2013

A selection of sports stars took on the challenge of PalmerSport at Bedford Autodrome last week (7 March), raising almost £100,000 for the NSPCC.

Names including former rugby player Austin Healey and boxer Joe Calzaghe, as well as ex-F1 star Mark Blundell, went against the clock in a challenge entitled 'The Circuit'.

Six teams, each led by a celebrity captain competed for honours, but it was the duo of Austin Healey and former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok that emerged victorious.

Throughout the day the guests were treated to the full PalmerSport experience with a variety of machinery at their disposal, including the Caterham 7 Superlight, Ariel Atom, BMW M3 GTP and Formula Jaguar single seaters.

Assembled guests were also invited to bid on exclusive auction lots. These included passenger rides in a McLaren MP4-12C GT car with professional racing drivers Rob Huff, Tiff Needell and Tim Mullen. Unsurprisingly they proved to be quite a draw and raised nearly £5,000.

Speaking of the day's festivities Mark Blundell said: "We had a fantastic day of racing, with guests pushing a range of high performance cars to their limits, all to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC. There was a lot of friendly rivalry out there on the track with professional racing drivers taking on celebrities and guests in a race to be crowned Champions of The Circuit 2013. It's been a real privilege to be involved in this event, and I'm delighted that we've been able to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC - a charity I'm proud to support".

All funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children through its projects and services including ChildLine - the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more about the work of the NSPCC and how you can get involved, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/getinvolved.

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