Published On: 5th Jul 2023|
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Hospice volunteer to race ‘krazy kart’ made from recycled scrap

A kart made from recycled scrap items donated to St Luke’s Warehouse will be competing in this month’s ‘Krazy Races’ in Northwich on behalf of the Hospice.

St Luke’s ‘Scrappy Dapper Doo’ kart has been built by volunteer Peter Lewis from items including children’s bikes, the frame of a computer work station, parts of a broken exercise cross trainer and two broken bath seats.

Krazy Races is being held at Verdin Park in Northwich on Sunday 16th July. Teams, including the St Luke’s team, will launch themselves down Castle Street in their hand-crafted karts tackling a track of over 350 metres with chicanes, obstacles and water, cheered on by hundreds of supporters.

Peter, who helps at St Luke’s Warehouse on Winsford Industrial Estate, went to last year’s Krazy Races and thought it would be a fun way to promote the Hospice as well as highlighting the need for more volunteers at the Warehouse.

He said: “I used to build rally cross cars in the 1970s so I’ve had a lot of experience. I wanted to build something that would go fast down the hill, that would look pretty neat and could be made out of scrap items the Hospice can’t sell. So I’ve been plundering the metal skip at the Warehouse and have managed to create it from bits and pieces I’ve salvaged like computer work stations and a damaged wall display unit. It’s going to have a plastic body on the front which is made from an old storage box from the top of a car.

“There’s a lot of work that people put into the karts and a huge amount of enthusiasm so I think it’s going to be a great event with a big turn out. I hope the kart looks lovely, it just goes to show what can be created from scrap! It will have the St Luke’s logo all across the front and I’ve got great hopes for it.”

Volunteers from St Luke’s will be collecting donations for the Hospice on the day, but people can also show their support by donating to the team’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/campaign/scrappy

Peter, who lives in Kelsall, volunteers two mornings a week at St Luke’s Warehouse. He said: “I’ve volunteered at the Warehouse for many years and I will do anything that’s needed including a lot of fixing and repairing. Everything I see that I think can raise money for St Luke’s I fix and pass on. It’s very varied, I never know what I will be doing each day.

“It’s a great team at the Warehouse, it’s a good place to work with a very friendly atmosphere and you always feel that St Luke’s will look after you. It’s a very happy place to come to.

“We always welcome new volunteers to help with sorting, repairing and distributing the furniture and electrical items which are donated, so if you have any practical skills and would like to volunteer then your help would be greatly appreciated.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for St Luke’s can visit the website and register their interest here or email volunteer@slhospice.co.uk