Caterham car community raise thousands for Grantham school
Members of a specialist car community have launched a unique fund-raiser to help a school in Grantham.
Greenfields Academy, which caters for Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEHM) pupils, are raising funds towards the installation of a ‘Therapy Hub’, which will enable more of their pupils to take part in ‘Play Therapy’.
Play Therapy is proven to improve confidentiality between children and their therapists and enhance their surroundings to increase positive outcomes for pupils.
As part of the fund-raising, pupils have almost completed a Caterham Sigma Kit Car as part of their vocational lessons.
However they were left devastated when some of the parts including the tyres and exhaust were stolen during a break-in earlier this year.
Determined to press ahead with the fund-raising project, the school contacted several Catherham car enthusiast groups online who quickly set up a fund-raiser to raise the £2,000 needed for new car parts.
Group admins Arnie Webb and Alastair Westle, who spearheaded the project, launched the fund-raiser on Sunday.
Arnie, who lives in East Grinstead, West Sussex, said: “The three largest groups on Facebook which are related to the Caterham marque became aware of the circumstances at Greenfields Academy. It was decided the group admins would harness the group’s membership, connections and some of the established suppliers to procure the necessary parts to finish the car and use their skills to prepare it for the IVA test, something all new kit cars have to pass before becoming road legal.
“We are delighted to be able to help the school in this way. We hope to have the car together and ready for the test as soon as lock-down enables us to collect it. The car will no doubt be sold within the group community once complete and we hope to raise over £20,000 for the school from its sale.”
At the time of going to press on Thursday the ‘Caterham Rescue Project’ had already raised £2,910 of its original £2,600 target.
Arnie, who has owned Catherham cars for 28 years, added: “I was really encouraged and surprised by the speed in which people have donated. Any surplus funds will go back to the school.”
Chris Armond, executive headteacher at Greenfields Academy, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support the project has received from the Caterham community. We have a much needed fund-raiser currently running at the school, to provide therapy to more pupils, and completing the car and selling it, could see us reach the target.
“We can’t thank Arnie and the Caterham community enough, for their expertise and support.”
To donate towards Greenfield’s Therapy Hub project, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ybb875h5 or to donate to the Caterham Rescue Project, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ycguwq39