Classic car show drives up charity donations in memory of school girl
MORE than 50 rare cars - including a Ford Model T and a 'radioactive' DeLorean - have been displayed at a Fareham school's charity event in memory of a former pupil.
Crowds had a chance pose for pictures with a variety of cars, enjoy live music, and browse a variety of cake and sweet stalls at Sarisbury Junior School, in Allotment Road.
A DeLorean was exhibited with a 'radioactive' fuel container - a reference to the 1985 film Back To The Future, which featured a time-travelling version of the iconic car.
The owner of the antique Model T, Jim Baumann, brought along a collection of classic cars, including a Jaguar E-Type, a 1960s Peugeot 504, and a 1950s Citron DBS. Jim said he had 'no clear favourite.' He said: 'Every car has a deserving mood'I would be incapable of selling any.‘With my daughter being a former pupil, I felt honour bound to attend.’The event was held to raise money for a variety of charities and memorials in connection with former school pupil Summer Page.The nine-year-old died in March after developing a rare form of brain tumour. Maria Kimble, who organised the event with her husband Ben, said: 'Summer was a happy girl, so we wanted today to be a happy day.'Sarisbury is very much a community-focused school. I’m so pleased to see so many people here.’Memorials included a fairy garden featuring artwork created by Summer's classmates, a commemorative bench within the grounds, and a tree sculpture within the community. Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council and councillor of Sarisbury ward, said: 'We have a fantastic sculptor at Royal Victoria Country Park.‘So when Maria came to me and said, “we would like to find a way of remembering Summer in the community,” I suggested we do something with the sculptor.'I was able to give county council grant budget to get things moving.'A tree sculpture memorial - which will follow a design by Summer - is planned to be unveiled by the end of May.