Former organisers of the Northchapel Steam Rally are donating nearly £5,500 to charity after deciding to call it a day.
Sue Moss and Len Finch were forced to cancel last year’s rally due to ill health.
In the space of less than a month, Sue suffered a heart attack, her father became ill and Len’s wife Daph was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“We decided that we would not be able to devote our time to holding the rally as we both had close family members who were very ill and I was still recovering,” said Sue.
She has now recovered, but her father Ern Talman died last month and Daph lost her 15-month brave fight against cancer on June 2.
Now Sue and Len have decided to donate the remaining funds from their steam rally to charity in memory of their loved ones.
They are making a donation of £2,762 to St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Chichester in memory of Len’s wife whose funeral took place on June 20.
“The support and care of staff given to Daph was outstanding,” said Len. “I would also like to thank the community nursing staff and carers who looked after her at home.”
A further £1,700 is being donated to Petworth Cottage Nursing Home in memory of Sue’s father who died there.
The remaining sum of £1,000 left in the funds of the former steam rally has been donated to St Richard’s Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Chichester
“It is a thank you for the excellent support I received from them as I recovered,” said Sue.
They are delighted that the popular Northchapel steam rally is back on the calendar this year with a new name and a new organiser at the helm.
The Northchapel Working Steam Show is being organised by marketing manager for Amberley Museum, Kate Russell, and takes place on August 11 and 12 at School House Farm.