December 8 2013 Latest news:
by Jane Ball, News Editor
Monday, September 9, 2013
A mixture of classic and performance cars and a vintage and retro market pulled in the punters and delivered a boost of more than £13,500 to a Havering hospice’s funds.
It was the second year that Frankie’s Classic Car Fest had been held at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre at Dunton and visitors and takings were up on the inaugural event.
“We had more than 1,500 people through the gates and were able to raise much more money than last year to help fund Saint Francis Hospice’s specialist nurses and doctors,” said Lauren Josman, the hospice’s events manager.
“It was a great day and I’d especially like to thank Waitrose in Upminster who provided us with more than 1,000 slices of cake, the staff of Barclays in Hornchurch and RBS London – who helped on the gates and selling raffle tickets on the day and brought in valuable gift-matching funding from their employers – and the north London army cadets who put up the gazebos for us at the start of the day and managed the car parks throughout the day.”
Hospice volunteer and classic car enthusiast Alan Mason, from Brentwood, organised the event on Sunday.
His partner Jan received hospice care six years ago before she died of cancer. He said: “I cannot speak highly enough of the care and support we received, so I’m pleased to help and raise money so others can benefit from the wonderful care Saint Francis Hospice provides free of charge when they need it.”
More than 300 vehicles were exhibited, with awards presented at the end of the day for a host of categories, including one for the car that the largest number of classic vehicle exhibitors voted as “the car they’d most like to take home”. It was won by Michael Martin, of Harold Wood, for his rare 1939 SS Jaguar saloon.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.