Teddy bear run brings de­light to young­sters

A su­per­car show at Black­bushe Air­port raised around £1,600 for char­ity for deaf chil­dren in North Hants

Aldershot News & Mail - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A BRIGHT orange lam­borgh­ini, a slick black Porsche and a retro yel­low Mini were among the ve­hi­cles on dis­play at a char­ity event held in Black­bushe this month.

Around £1,600 was raised for the North Hants Deaf Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety (NHDCS) on July 13, when 46 cars were ex­hib­ited out­side The Bushe Cafe at Black­bushe Air­port.

John Ramp­ton, event or­gan­iser, said he and other fam­i­lies with deaf chil­dren had a “fan­tas­tic day”. “My two-year-old son Harry was born pro­foundly deaf,” Mr Ramp­ton, from Yate­ley, said. “NHDCS was of great sup­port to us so we wanted to do some­thing for them this sum­mer.”

The con­voy of vin­tage and sports cars left Black­bushe early and drove to MercedesBe­nz World, in Wey­bridge, where they were greeted by fam­i­lies from the NHDCS.

Hav­ing got the cars parked up, a small raf­fle was held with prizes in­clud­ing a pas­sen­ger ride in one of the Sil­ver Ar­rows dis­play cars.

Mr Ramp­ton, who also has a six-year-old daugh­ter called Amelia, said the money raised will go to­wards pro­vid­ing sign lan­guage cour­ses for par­ents and grand­par­ents and sup­port for the rest of the fam­ily.

“It is just as im­por­tant for the sib­lings of the deaf child to be sup­ported so they do not feel left out,” he said.

Ev­ery year Mr Ramp­ton and his friend West­ley Waller or­gan­ise a teddy bear run at Christ­mas, giv­ing cud­dly toys to chil­dren at Chest­nut Tree House chil­dren’s hospice.

Their team of vol­un­teers buy teddy bear skins and ma­te­rial through­out the year and stuff the bears them­selves, al­though re­cently they got help from a group of school­child­ren.

The vol­un­teers then trans­port the ted­dies in eye-catch­ing sport and clas­sic cars to the hospice in Arun­del, West Sus­sex.

“When our son was born deaf, my wife was dev­as­tated, but we soon re­alised he could have been a lot worse,” Mr Ramp­ton said.

“Be­cause we have an un­der­stand­ing of what other peo­ple go through, we or­gan­ised our very first teddy bear run to the Chest­nut Tree House chil­dren’s hospice.

“For the past few Christ­mas’ we have driven cars down to the hospice to give the young peo­ple teddy bears.

“The event also gets peo­ple vis­it­ing the hospice where they can find out what goes on there.” Chest­nut Tree House cares for more than 280 chil­dren and young adults with pro­gres­sive life­lim­it­ing con­di­tions from Sus­sex and south east Hamp­shire.

It of­fers sup­port for the fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal and be­reave­ment sup­port, end of life and short break care and sib­ling sup­port.

Last Sun­day Mr Ramp­ton his wife Christina made a spe­cial visit to the hospice to give four-year-old Jude the drive of a life time. The young boy, who needs a pan­creas, stom­ach and small and large in­tes­tine trans­plant, got to ride in a flash Lam­borgh­ini.

PIC­TURES: JOHN RAMP­TON

Four-year-old Jude, from Chest­nut Tree Hospice, in Arun­del, gets the ride of a life­time in a Lam­borgh­ini.

A su­per­car dis­play at Black­bushe Air­port raised £1,600 for the North Hants Deaf Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety.

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