- Supercar fans from across the UK attended the annual event, organised by Ciro Ciampi, CEO of The Sharnbrook Hotel and founder of PETROLHEADONISM™, which saw a host of Supercars and Hypercars on show in Sharnbrook
- The event raised £60,000, double the original £30k target, for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine, which brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the UK by granting wishes
- Ambassador of the charity and Yiannimize owner, Yianni Charalambous, met with fans on the day and offered rides in a supercar in return for donations
- The Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, which is made of up of seriously ill children, performed on the day
Hundreds of supercar fans flocked to The Sharnbrook Hotel in Bedfordshire this bank holiday Monday to the Cars & Coffee Cruise fundraising event, which raised over £60,000 for Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support within hospital and the community.
Ciro Ciampi, CEO of The Sharnbrook Hotel and founder of PETROLHEADONISM™, organised the event which saw a host of Supercars and Hypercars on show. To ensure the event raised as much money as possible, 2/3rds of the entry fee and 25% of the VIP lunch was donated directly to the children’s charity. Additionally, supporters had the chance to bid in an auction for a ride in one of the Supercars on display, win amazing prizes in a raffle, and donate to have pictures taken with Rays of Sunshine ambassador and car customiser to the stars, Yianni Charalambous.
Amongst the car loving attendees were the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Choir, which is made up of seriously ill children who have had their own wishes granted by the charity, including: 8-year-old Callum, from Essex, who is currently living with Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Lung Disease and Cerebral Palsy, 9-year-old Emily, from London, is currently living with Cystic Fibrosis, 7-year-old Lucas, from Leek, is currently in remission from a relapsed Wilm’s Tumour, 12-year-old Brooke, from Chelmsford, is living in remission from a Brain Tumour and 13-year-old Tamzin, from Edinburgh, who is living with Neurofibromatosis.
The choir performed a poignant rendition of ‘This is me’ from hit film The Greatest Showman at the VIP lunch. As well as seeing all the fantastic cars on show, the children were even bought car rides in Yianni’s super Lamborghini by generous supporters on the day to make it even more special.
Ciro said: “Wow! What a day! Such an amazing turnout. I am so overwhelmed with the amount of support and generosity from everyone who came along. We wanted to make this year’s event bigger and better than last year, aiming to raise £30k in one day and we absolutely smashed our target – doubling it to raise £60k! Whether you donated, brought along your own supercar, volunteered your time, or came along with friends and family, thank you.”
Yianni, comments: “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This year’s event took it to another level! Thank you to everyone who came along and made the event such a huge success. £60k will make sure a massive difference to Rays of Sunshine and the brave and inspiring children they support. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to meet so many families and supporters – your generosity was incredible.”
Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added: “The day was simply sensational from beginning to end. We can’t begin to thank Ciro and Yianni enough for all of their hard work in organising this incredible event. £60,000 is a phenomenal amount of money and will enable Rays of Sunshine to bring joy and hope to hundreds of seriously ill children, for which we can’t be more grateful. Thank you to everyone who came along on the day and helped make this event such a huge success.”
Rays of Sunshine children’s charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community. For more information about Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.
For more information about PETROLHEADONISM, please visit: https://www.petrolheadonism.club/.