Life-limited children have super day with supercars

Life-limited children have super day with supercars

Published at 12:15pm 17th July 2019.

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Families supported by Naomi House and Julia's House have had a chance to go for a spin in some incredible vehicles.

The children have been brought together at Middle Wallop's Army Flying Museum to spend some time with the Sporting Bears Dream Rides group.

Army Flying Museum Sporting Bears Naomi House Julia's House Day July 2019
The team from Sporting Bears Dream Rides at the Army Flying Museum

Volunteers from the club brought along more than 40 cars for the day.

They included a Lamborghini, a McLaren, a GT40, an AC Cobra, a Nissan GTR, a Chevy Belair, a Corvette, a Mini, a Morgan, a Mustang, an Aston Martin, a Lotus, a Porsche, Noble and even a VW camper van.

Army Flying Museum Sporting Bears Naomi House Julia's House Day July 2019 Aston Martin Vantage, 1949 Chevy Truck,  McLaren 570S
An Aston Martin Vantage, 1949 Chevy Truck and a McLaren 570S at the Sporting Bears Day

The families were then taken for 20 minute, 10 mile drives around the Hampshire countryside.

Event organiser Marcus Barr said:

"We aim to make the day as inclusive as possible, and have the ability to hoist children into cars; we can take the whole family including, mum, dad and grandparents too.

"The Army Flying Museum provides a fantastic venue as the site is fully accessible and has great facilities. We are very grateful to the Army Flying Museum, the Army Air corps, and the Airfield Fire service for their invaluable support.

"It is wonderful to see the children and families having so much fun. This is one of the most popular events in our calendar with no shortage of volunteers to bring their cars, coming from all over the country to take part. There is nothing so rewarding as seeing such big smiles on the faces of everyone involved."

Army Flying Museum Sporting Bears Naomi House Julia's House Day July 2019 Lotus Exige Sport 410
A Lotus Exige Sport 410 was among the cars the children could ride in during the day

The rides were provided for families that have help from Naomi House and Jacksplace children's hospices in Hampshire, Wiltshire's Julia's House and the Me2 Club.

They're based in Berkshire, giving disabled children a chance to attend mainstream activities.

Sara Crean, deputy play co-ordinator at Naomi House, said:

"It's lovely seeing all the smiles on the children's faces as they come past in the cars. It's a much loved day by all the families."

Army Flying Museum Sporting Bears Naomi House Julia's House Day July 2019 Ford GT40
The children were given rides in a Ford GT40 too

One of the parents went along on the day, Rachel Lawlor, said:

"We all want to say a big thank you for getting Me2 club children invited to this event. We all had a wonderful time and are still buzzing from going in the cars."

Other comments from the message board at the end of the day included:

  • "never seen my boy smile so much as he did today"
  • "awesome cars, fantastic drivers, great day"
  • "produced a smile like nothing else"
  • "you made our dreams come true"
  • "couldn't stop smiling"
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