BDRHOF Benevolent Fund Donates £1,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The ‘PDRC Nite of Champions’, the 43rd Annual Pennine Drag Racing Club trophy presentation night and dinner dance, took place last Saturday 3rd March at the Campanile Hotel, Bradford.

A donation from the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund was made to Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity by Graham Beckwith, British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Selection Board Member, trustee of the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund and MC for the evening. Graham stood in for fellow trustee and BDRHoF Chairman Stu Bradbury, who was to have made the presentation, but was unable to travel from his Wellingborough home due to the weather.

Receiving the cheque was Vickie Bowden, West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. Vickie said ‘Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity is very grateful to the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund for their generous gift and for supporting the YAA, it really is appreciated’.

For the BDRHOF Benevolent Fund, Graham Beckwith said ‘ The announcement of the presentation to YAA was well received and was applauded loudly and the rest of the evening went very well too. It is good to be able to make an award to organisations who provide services to the community as a whole as well as Drag Racing’.

Image: Courtesy & Copyright Richard Smith

In March 2016 the BDRHoF Benevolent Fund was created as a registered charity, no 1167197 and is being run as a separate entity from the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame Ltd.

The BDRHOF Benevolent Fund was established and registered with the Charities Commission to create a professional fund-raising platform to support injured racers & officials. The Fund’s aim is to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals to aid their recovery from misfortune.

Donations will also support the Air Ambulance Services that cover our permanent UK Drag Racing tracks. On several occasions already, Air Ambulances have provided emergency airlifts carrying injured racers to hospital, we believe that maintaining these services is a vital benefit to the Drag Racing community.

A bank account has been set up and a BT MyDonate internet fundraising page is live at

Collections will be organised at meetings at the UK’s Drag Racing tracks and there will also be collections at BDRHoF events and through corporate giving by sponsors.