Children and families who use the services of Rachel House children’s hospice in Kinross were wowed by a group of 20 supercar drivers who took them in a special convoy from the hospice, led by police officers from Fife and Tayside this past Saturday (27th July).
The Activities team at Rachel House prides itself on providing once-in-a-lifetime events to create cherished memories for families and on this occasion, some £6 million worth of cars – including a million pound McLaren Senna – were present in the car park for children and their families to explore. The morning was made possible by Kenneth McLeod from Grand Prix Adventures.
Valerie Lockhart, Activities Facilitator at Rachel House said:
“We were thrilled to welcome the drivers and their incredible fleet of supercars along today. It was quite a spectacle to see all these glamorous vehicles parked out the front of the hospice. They came from all over Scotland in their Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Ferraris, Porsches and a million pound McLaren Senna took centre stage.
“CHAS always wants to bring unique experiences to the children and families we support, so we jumped at the chance to work with Grand Prix Adventures. We thank them for this marvellous opportunity and hope to make this an annual event.”
Pauline Campbell, mother to Ruby (9) and supercar fanatic Riley Holden (8), from Edinburgh, said:
“Riley couldn’t wait to see the supercars and get to ride in them. It was such a cool experience. He’s the best brother that Ruby could possibly have, and they have an incredible bond. But sometimes it’s tough as he needs to wait while I care for Ruby. He’s always really understanding. So I find it really moving to think that someone has taken the time to create such a special event that my son will always remember.”
Kenneth McLeod of Grand Prix Adventures said:
“It has been lovely to bring this mini supercar show to the children, siblings, parents and staff of Rachel House. We took the kids out in convoy under police escort and they were ecstatic as the drivers revved their engines for them and whisked them around local roads. The owners and drivers are friends who have come from all four corners of Scotland to support the day.
“We ran a similar event to this at Rachel House many years ago in a selection of race cars, back when I was an amateur racer. We took a referred child as well as the siblings and it was a great day I’ve always remembered fondly. We thought it would be nice to do it again but this time with more exotic cars.”
In Scotland, nearly 16,000 children and young people live with life-shortening conditions and CHAS is determined to reach every family who needs its services. CHAS works across Scotland, able to provides its hospice services nation-wide for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions. CHAS offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care from Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.
The CHAS at Home service supports families with the services of a hospice yet in their own homes across the whole of Scotland. Through its Diana Children’s Nurses working in hospitals across the country, they can support families and clinical teams.