Taking pride of place at yesterday’s Vee-Power Sunday Breakfast Club was a purple Rolls-Royce. Sat near to the new Dawn (making its UK public debut) and the black ‘Inspired by Music’ Wraith it drew a lot of attention, having been handed over to the Together For Short Lives charity by patron Simon Cowell on behalf of Rolls-Royce earlier this year.
The main reason for being here was to launch the Rolls Rally, which will involve the car travelling all over the UK visiting the 53 hospices which fall under Together for Short Lives umbrella. Each hospice will be given the chance to use the car to raise money by auctioning use of it for a day/evening with a chauffeur, taking hospice families for a day out or to Rolls-Royce experiences etc. Goodwood’s local children’s hospice is Chestnut Tree House, whose representatives were at Vee-Power Sunday.
The charity’s one-year partnership with Rolls-Royce kicked-off in fine style at the star-studded Together for Short Lives Midsummer Ball in London in June, where a host of celebrities helped to raise £400,000 in a charity auction conducted by Bonhams. It was a great night, but it was only the start for the series two Rolls-Royce Ghost, which will be travelling many more miles to raise awareness and funds for the charity, which exists to help provide palliative care for some of the estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and support for the families, professionals and the services counted on to help.
As for the Ghost’s Breakfast Club appearance, Chestnut Tree House benefited from a raffle which offered the winners a few laps of the Goodwood circuit once all the Breakfast Club revellers had made their way home. All in all it was a colourful and popular addition to another highly successful Breakfast Club. To follow the purple car’s goings-on and to offer your support to this great cause, go to readytoroll.org.uk.
Photography: Tom Shaxson