Cheques totalling £21,000 have been handed to two charities by the organisers of the ASDA On-Your-Marks! spectacular held at Bruntingthorpe proving ground and airfield.  Russell Brickett, founder of Leicestershire-based Wishes 4 Kids, and Muna Chauhan, Midlands regional fund raiser for SPARKS, which is carrying out research at Birmingham University into lymphoma in very young children, received the cheques from John Forde and Chris Goodwin from ASDA.

Last year’s event was the ninth to be organised at Bruntingthorpe and proceeds from the day took the total raised by the annual fun day for ASDA staff and friends to £192,000.

On-Your-Marks! has always been closed to all but ASDA staff and their families.  However, for the first time since it started, the event this year is being thrown open to residents in the communities surrounding Bruntingthorpe proving ground. (Local resident entry passes are available from Paul Atkin at Bruntingthorpe on or 0116 279 9329.)  In addition, it is being held on a Saturday.  This is in response to requests not to stage the air show and track event on a Sunday.

“We really are hoping to make this year’s tenth anniversary event on Saturday 13th August really spectacular,” said John.  “And we’re delighted that local residents will be able to join us.  As well as enjoying all the fun, they will see from the inside – rather than from the perimeter – the generosity of so many people that enables us to support such worthy local charities.”

John also took the opportunity of the cheque presentations to publicly thank David Walton and everyone Bruntingthorpe for making On-Your-Marks! possible.  “Without their generosity we could not have raised almost £200,000 for the charities that do so much to help in our communities.  ‘Thank-you’ seems hardly sufficient – but we say it from the bottom of our hearts.”

About Wishes 4 Kids:

Leicestershire-based Wishes 4 Kids was formed eight years ago to grant a wish for children and youngsters under 18 in Leicestershire who are life-limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas, have suffered major abuse or are diagnosed as HIV positive. The Charity grants wishes for those of eighteen years and below.  Hundreds of wishes have been granted.

 About SPARKS:

SPARKS was founded by some of the nation’s top sportsmen and women to fund high-quality research into childhood diseases.  Every day, 70 babies are born in the UK with a life-threatening condition or an illness that will affect them and their families for life.  SPARKS aims to reduce this statistic.