21-year-old’s appeal to support motorsports event
A 21-year-old charity ambassador, from Eckington, in Worcestershire, is asking the public to support a top Midlands motorsports event that will help raise vital funds for a disabled children’s charity.
Antonia Payne-Cheney, has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a condition that saw her hospitalised for three years after she suddenly became ill in March 2012, at the age of 14.
Luckily she received support from Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The charity provided her with over £29,000 of funding to secure a state of the art wheelchair that allowed her to escape the confines of hospital and return home.
Despite undergoing several major operations Antonia still remains a permanent wheelchair user.
And now Antonia is urging the public to support the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, after it named Caudwell Children as its charity partner for the next three years.
The event, which will see a full programme of classic car racing around a challenging, hilly, course set in the grounds of the majestic Louis XIII-style Grade II listed chateau in Droitwhich Spa, will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July, 2019.
“From what I’ve been told it’s a fantastic event which attracts thousands of enthusiastic motorsports fans, and families who just want a great day out,” enthused Antonia. “There are loads of things to do if you’re not into cars; like a military grade climbing wall, a free Vintage Fun Fair, exceptional dining, shopping and hospitality.
“You can also go off-road inside a tank, on a custom built track, and with VIP experiences and a host of independent food offerings there really is something for everyone.
“But importantly ticket holders will be encouraged to make a donation to Caudwell Children to enable them to continue supporting children and young people like me.”
Sam Walker, from Caudwell Children, is also encouraging people to buy tickets. As she explained: “We’re extremely excited to be involved in the Hill Climb as it give us the opportunity to have a highly visible presence at the event.
“We will have an exhibition stand and a team of staff and volunteers around the site, which will allow us to introduce our services to a new audience.
“Ticket holders will also be able to make a donation to the charity in the traditional way, with cash, or through ‘Tap and Go’ with their debit or credit card.”
Rod Spollen, Manging Director of Chateau Impney, said: “As sporting organisers the Chateau Impney Hill Climb team are always keen to help individuals striving to better themselves, so the Caudwell Children partnership will enable us to provide, in some small way, the tools needed for the children that the charity supports to do just that.”
Antonia says the publics support will be vital in helping disabled children in the region. She said: “My wheelchair was designed specifically for my condition and it finally allowed me to get out and about, both in hospital and in my community.
“Finally I was able to move back home as the chair gave me the mobility to get around my newly adapted house.
“The wheelchair effectively ended three years of isolation for me just when I needed to experience the outside world again, which had been totally inaccessible to me over the previous three years.
“With the publics support the charity will be able to improve the lives of the children that the support immeasurably.”
Since returning home Antonia has become and Ambassador for Caudwell Children and helped local schoolchildren understand EDS. She has also provided training to the charity’s volunteers so that they can support others with the condition.
You can book your tickets for the event here.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s services here.