Fun day at Santa Pod for Niamh’s Next Step

Niamh Curry with dad Chris, sister Hannah and mum Sam

Niamh Curry with dad Chris, sister Hannah and mum Sam

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A raceway is gearing up for a fun day to raise money in memory of a little girl who lost her battle with neuroblastoma aged five.

Santa Pod Raceway will be holding its second annual junior drag racing day this summer in support of Niamh’s Next Step.

The charity was launched by Niamh Curry’s parents Sam and Chris. The youngster from Wellingborough lost her 18-month fight against the disease in May 2012.

It is hoped people of all ages will attend the family event, being held in association with Alamo Rent A Car and supported by the Northamptonshire Telegraph, on Wednesday, August 20.

Admission is free and there will be entertainment for the whole family during the day.

The dragstrip action is open to junior drag racers from across Europe, on both two wheels and four, with informal competitions for competitors aged from eight to 17 years old.

Go Motorsport, the Motor Sports Association’s entry-level initiative, will also offer auto-solo passenger rides in its own separate zone in the paddock.

There will be static displays by a range of racing disciplines focused on the younger generation.

Lightning McQueen Disney-style cars will be on show alongside Santa Pod’s own FireForce Jet Funny Car, and the Mighty Monster Truck Podzilla will entertain the crowds with its car-crushing action in the live action 
arena while its fellow giant, Red Dragon, will be offering passenger rides.

Other activities include dodgems, trampolines, face painting and a bouncy castle.

A spokesman for Santa Pod said: “Last year’s inaugural junior drag racing fun day attracted more than 2,000 visitors to the venue and organisers anticipate many more for this year’s second edition.”

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and it is expected more attractions will be added to the programme in the run-up to the event.

Free admission tickets must be booked in advance online by going to www.santapod.co.uk/e_junior_day.

The spokesman added: “Voluntary donations to Niamh’s Next Step will be greatly appreciated.

“The charity was founded in memory of Niamh Curry and is dedicated to fighting the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, and to supporting children and families who are afflicted with the disease.”

For more information about the charity visit its website at www.niamhsnextstep.com. Further details about the event can be found at www.santapod.co.uk.