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Cathedral staff are raring to go!

Cathedral staff are raring to go!

Cathedral staff will join Stars from across British motorsport on Saturday 8 March to pay tribute and remember Ryan Lawford, a talented young racing driver and engineer.

Ryan Lawford




The eclectic mix of drivers will gather at Buckmore Park in Chatham to compete in teams of three in a 90-minute endurance kart race on Saturday, March 8 to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care.

Ryan, who was a successful rallycross driver for many years, was a popular figure in both the motorsport and local community. Among the drivers entered for the race is British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan, who worked with Ryan. The winning trophy has been donated by Rallycross legend Will Gollop, who mentored Ryan throughout his racing career and has provided one of his European Rallycross trophies for the winning team.

Martin Lawford, Ryan’s father Martin is employed at the Cathedral as Maintenance Foreman. Canterbury Cathedral staff were only too keen to take part in the charity event to support their colleague and friend.

We were thinking of doing something like this for a while – it will all be in memory of Ryan and to raise money for Demelza. With some high profile names racing, hopefully other people will jump on it and get involved. We’ve got a real mix of people taking part already

Martin Lawford, Maintenance Foreman.

Demelza Hospice Care. Registered Charity Number 1039651The race will start at 12:30 and entry to compete is £75 per person. All the money raised will go Demelza Hospice care.

Grid positions will be up for grabs on the day with pole position going to the highest bidder. Solo drivers will be paired on the day.

The event is open to men and women and drivers must be over 16 years of age. Food and drink will be available and spectators are welcome.


In the Press

Click below to view related coverage from the local, national and international media.
‘Kart race tribute to young racing driver’ – ITV (08/03/2014)

‘Cathedral staff to race for charity’ – Canterbury Times (05/03/2014)

‘Go-kart charity race at Buckmore Park in Chatham will remember Ryan Lawford from Blean’ – Kentish Gazette (13/02/2014)

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