Hot wheels to go on display

Grace Shiers

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Families are being encouraged to don onesies and pyjamas and visit a display of fine cars to help a brave little girl.

The Southern Cruisers car club is hosting a fundraising car rally on Sunday at the D-Day Museum car park in Southsea from 7pm to 11pm.

Money raised will go to help Waterlooville four-year-old Grace Shiers, who has diplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her ability to walk.

Organiser and Southern Cruisers owner JayJay Folkard, of Purbrook, says the event is open to everybody, whether they have a modified car or not.

JayJay says: ‘I think every kid should be able to walk, so that’s why I’m determined to do everything I can to help Grace out.

‘We are trying to raise a bit of money to get her the equipment so that she can walk and for her treatment.’

JayJay says children visiting with their families will be able to learn about cars and sit inside some of the machines on display.

‘It will be a great evening for the whole family,’ he says.

JayJay says the Southern Cruisers are keen to help people in need and get away from their old ‘bad boy’ image.

‘We were sometimes considered bad boy racers but we’ve proved to the community that we are more than that,’ he says.

‘We’re trying to give back to people.’

Grace was born at just 26 weeks and weighed just over 1lb. Her condition means she suffers painful leg spasms.

But despite that JayJay says she is a happy, positive little girl who has just started pre-school.

JayJay says the Cruisers’ last car rally attracted more than 400 cars and he hopes just as many will make it to Sunday’s event.

Admission is free.

‘We want to bring people together and have a good time,’ JayJay says.

‘We’re expecting over 12 car groups to come down and people from all over the south coast.

‘People from as far as Ireland and Scotland have said they will come down as well.’

As part of the fundraising there will be a raffle and awards handed out for the cleanest engine and the oldest car.

For more information visit the Southern Cruisers Facebook page.

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