Another first for Crawley girl Becky

A Crawley girl, who inspired an annual supercar fundraiser for a children’s charity, helped to get The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh on 2 & 3 July off to a roaring success by taking part in the opening parade lap on the famous Top Gear track. Becky Groves, 22, also enjoyed her first ever driving experience at the event with a lesson from Stay Safe Driving School, which offered 14+ teenagers their first opportunity behind the wheel. Over 16,000 visitors attended The Supercar Event, which is expected to raise £100,000 for The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Lending their support, TV presenters Andrea McLean and Laura Hamilton attended the event, along with comedian Tom Lucy, TV reality star Mark Dixon and Paralympian Danny Nobbs. Craig Phillips and Olympian Gail Emms hosted the event. Families enjoyed a wide range of activities and Radio Jackie provided the musical entertainment throughout the weekend. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust said: “It was a fantastic weekend and we were delighted with the turnout. I would like to thank everyone who made the event such a success. The supercar drivers were amazing - providing their cars, petrol and driving skills to ensure that every supercar ride was memorable. I would also like to thank The Supercar Event committee, the track marshals, our staff and many volunteers, who gave their time to help achieve another successful year. This is our 10th anniversary of The Supercar Event and we hope it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

About Becky Groves, the inspiration behind The Supercar Event

Becky Groves sustained a brain injury from a viral infection when she was 12 years old. She spent two weeks in a coma and was not expected to live, but the 12-year-old survived and in 2006 was transferred to The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. The rehabilitation programme she received helped her to regain many of the skills she had lost as a result of her illness. On arrival at the national specialist centre in Tadworth, Becky was unable to walk or communicate, but with the help of physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists she greatly improved and was able to return home later that year. Her remarkable recovery inspired a group of Surrey Ferrari owners to visit the charity in 2007. The group, led by family friend, Richard Davis, gave children, families and staff rides in their supercars. The visit evolved into The Supercar Event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and has become one of The Children’s Trust’s most successful fundraisers.

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