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Pay for a Day: Porsche Charity Day

Saturday 12 October 2019

The cost of all care services at Chestnut Tree House on 12 and 13 October have been paid for by the Porsche Charity Day.

Club Carrera1Jonathan Trees, Organiser of the Porsche Charity Day said, “Quite a few years ago I was a driver on a Peter Saywell charity day, and he had chosen Chestnut Tree House as the charity for his day. I was taking people round the track in my car and I got chatting to my next passenger, a teenage girl.

“Where are you from?” I asked, and she replied “I’m from the House”. I didn’t understand…, “Which house?” to which she answered “Chestnut Tree House… I’m not very well.”

She carried on chatting about the car when we had time, but she was a little quieter on the corners! When we stopped she thanked me very much, hopped out of the car and disappeared.

I was lost for words for some time. My eyes were filling with tears the more I thought about how brave she was, getting on and enjoying her time, rather than complaining about the cards she’d been dealt. I also felt very fortunate about my own children’s good health.

The next day I did some research into how much money Chestnut Tree House needs each year, and decided to contribute when I could.

Porsche Charity DayBut it was whilst chatting with the two other founding-organisers, Andrew and Tony that made the idea into a plan. We copied Peter’s model of running a charity track-day, but expanded it into a One-Marque-Meet as well. Petrolheads need only a little excuse to want to drive and meet & chat, so enabling them to contribute to a charity at the same time is a small step”.

The day has become even more successful with the help of the Porsche Owners Club, who in the last 2 years have joined as a sponsor and wholeheartedly embraced the day and the cause.

Over the past 7 years the day has raised in excess of £50,000 and everyone at Chestnut Tree House would like to say a most grateful thank you to all involved for their generosity and support.