Mark raises £1100 for hospice

Published:  03 September, 2012

BURY ST EDMUNDS: Kent Blaxill paint counter supervisor Mark Levett has rasied £1,100 in sponsorship for the St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds by taking part in a stock car racing event.

It was Mr Levett's first experience of stock car driving when he took to the track at Mildenhall Stadium, Suffolk, recently in two races driving a Mk 3 Cavalier that had been specially built for him by a Kent Blaxill customer. The vehicle was also painted in the hospice's blue livery and nicknamed 'Smurf'.

Mr Levett, 25, who works at the Bury St Edmunds branch of the East Anglian building supplies company, said: “I was in the top five in my second race until suffering an engine problem, which resulted in the car being rammed hard from behind several times. By the end it looked more a Mini Metro than a Cavalier. I was well strapped in so it was not as violent as I expected, but I still had a headache the next day.”

Mr Levett is now being taught how to put together a stock car for himself, this time a Ford Fiesta, and is planning to have another fund raising bash for the hospice on December 16. He is also seeking a sponsor.

He presented the funds he had raised to Sue Long of St Nicholas Hospice.

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