I rarely find myself awake at 6am on a Sunday morning, even more so outside of car show season but today was for something rather special. That’s right boys and girls, it was the 5th Annual Winter Teddy Bear Run.
Organised by hard-working enthusiasts John Rampton, Westley and Nicki Waller, the Teddy Bear Run is a charity car run with the sole mission of raising money for a good cause. On this occasion, the chosen charity was the Chestnut Treehouse, a children’s charity hospice for Sussex that provides care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions.
Car enthusiasts from all over the UK (with all types of vehicles) came together, donated and took part in the run delivering gift-wrapped teddy bears from the illustrious Goodwood Motor Circuit to the Chestnut Tree House in the market town of Arundel. An astounding 105 vehicles took part in this year’s run (68 last year) and raised £7,695 (well done guys!)
This year’s participants included a tractor unit and a Tuk Tuk!! (yes I thought I had escaped them back in Thailand). The abundance of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, TVR, and a Mustang made the meeting point and convoy run feel very special, very similar to the Supercar Siege events I participated in earlier in the year. There aren’t going to be many chances where you can run with cars like these and I was lucky enough to have now experience it twice in 2016.
Similar to Fueltopia’s very own annual Toy Run, it’s an occasion which highlights a growing number of philanthropists amongst us car enthusiasts and how they combine their passion with a sense of duty to help charitable causes. For most of us petrol heads, it’s all too easy to dote over our cars and get lost in the fun and excitement of car events whilst forgetting that spending one day, donating a little time and money really does go a long way towards helping a good cause.
The experience of meeting at Goodwood Motor Circuit and convoying together to the children’s hospice was an exhilarating yet satisfying one. The general public were clearly bemused by the sudden invasion of the local area by the noisy and extravagant Aston Martins, Porsche and classic supercars.
The heart-warming reaction from the children, families and staff at the hospice made all the hard work, organisation and donations worthwhile. The Chestnut Treehouse Charity Hospice costs well over £3.5m a year to provide the support and care for over 300 young people and so events like this really helps not only contribute to the cost, but help bring a little happiness to the children.
This was my first Teddy Bear run and no doubt I shall be attending next year’s event. If not for the experience of meeting other enthusiasts and convoying with amazing supercars, the tremendous contribution these events make to local charities should be a good enough reason for more petrolheads to get involved.
To learn more about the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and their mission, please visit
Thank you to John, Westley and Nicki for all their hard work.