BRM Day organisers donate £30,000 to local charities

Rick Hall, chairman of Bourne BRM committee presents �15,000 to Bourne outdoor pool. Pictured with fellow committee members and staff at the pool standing behind a 1970 BRM
Rick Hall, chairman of Bourne BRM committee presents �15,000 to Bourne outdoor pool. Pictured with fellow committee members and staff at the pool standing behind a 1970 BRM
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Trustees of Bourne Outdoor Pool are celebrating after receiving an “incredible” donation from the BRM day committee.

The people who organised the highly-successful BRM Day presented the trustees of the pool, on the Abbey Lawn, with a massive cheque for £15,000 on Saturday.

The organisers then gave a cheque for the same sum to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust.

About 25,000 people descended on Bourne for the BRM Day on October 7, to mark the town’s motor racing heritage.

Formula 1 champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill drove classic cars through the closed off streets of the town to celebrate 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by the Bourne-based British Racing Motors, known as BRM.

Committee chairman Rick Hall presented volunteers from the Bourne Outdoor Pool Trust with their donation from the event at the pool.

Chairman of the Bourne Outdoor Pool Trust Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “It was absolutely amazing. It is an incredible amount of money to be given.

“It is greatly appreciated. Without the support of groups like this the pool would not survive and we are so lucky to have a resource like this in Bourne.”

The donation is one of the largest the pool trust, which endured a tough year due to the poor summer weather resulting in reduced opening hours, has ever received.

The funds will be put towards carrying out maintenance to the floor of the pool.

Mrs Delaine-Smith said: “On behalf of all the trustees and all the pool users I want to extend a massive thank you for all the hard work put in to raise this money.”

After the presentation at the pool the committee then travelled to RAF Waddington, the base of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, where a cheque was presented to chief fundraiser Vivienne Chambers.

BRM Day committee member Richard Bostock, said: “Today’s cheque presentations made all the hard work involved in organising the event worthwhile.

“The presentations would not have been possible without the massive support that we have received from so many people and it is really great to see that the money raised is going to good causes.”

Many other charities and community groups benefited from Bourne’s BRM Day event, with most schools, charities, churches and businesses holding special events on the day.

An official DVD to mark the day is being produced which is expected to be available in the spring.

Organisers hope this will raise further funds.

Richard appealed for anybody who took video footage on the day to make it available to the committee for inclusion by emailing webmaster@brmday.co.uk.