COMBINING a love of fast cars with fund-raising helped a teenage leukaemia patient pull in £5,500 of donations.
Brooke Evans raised the money by racing a Cure Leukaemia branded Porsche 944 S2 in the final round of a district club’s speed championship at a Staffordshire racetrack.
The 18-year-old Winyates resident developed a passion for cars from a young age as her father Simon owns an independent Porsche business. Advertising space was sold on the car itself and a raffle and car-signing event on the day helped raise funds for the charity, with Brooke completing three laps of the circuit and narrowly missing out on her aim to get round below 40 seconds.
Brooke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2013 and receives support and treatment as part of a clinical trial delivered at a Cure Leukaemia funded unit in Birmingham.
She said: “My ‘Sprint for Life’ has been great fun and I am so proud to have raised this money for a charity that means a lot to myself and my family. It was such a thrill to finally have my chance to race the Porsche.
“My illness had prevented me from doing so before so this really was a dream come true for me. I’m just so glad I’ve been able to raise money that can directly help people just like me.
Charity chief executive James McLaughlin added: “I’d like to congratulate Brooke on her ‘Sprint for Life’. It has been a great success and I’d like to thank Brooke, her family and Shenstone & District Car Club for working so hard to help raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. We are so grateful to the people in the community who make the effort every year to hold events and fundraisers like this and I know the money raised will go directly into helping save more lives around the region.”