Aston Martin Charity Evening Cheque Presentation
TRURO & DISTRICT MOTOR CLUB CHARITY FUND RAISING.
With the assistance of our club President we have organised a couple of fund raising events for charities. The completion of last year’s event organised by David Richards along with friends from Aston Martin resulted in representatives from the club being invited to the Cornwall Air Ambulance open day on 18 February. After a tour around the helicopter we presented them with a cheque for £1085, this was half the amount we raised the other half was given to the Cornwall Urology Trust (Prostate Cancer) earlier this year.
The background to this fund-raising event was that in October we held an Aston Martin evening at the Memorial Hall in St Mawes. David Richards had arranged to bring down some friends to give us a very interesting insight into Aston Martin. We had David Wright who gave us the early years of the company, then Maitland Cook told all about the David Brown period. David then did his bit on Aston Martin Racing followed by Marek Reichman on present day Aston Martin and the future. The hall was filled which meant along with donations for the refreshments and the raffle prizes donated together with the speakers giving their time free enabled us to raise a good sum for both nominated charities.
The event we organised also coincided on the same day with the Aston Martin club celebrating the birth place of the motoring icon who founded Aston Martin, Lionel Martin. When I was invited to the plaque unveiling I had a big surprise to find out that this was to be held just down the road from where I live, you live and learn as they say! Lionel Martin was in fact born at Nansladron House in 1878, which is now in the grounds of Sun Valley holiday park Pentewan. At that time his family owned china clays pits in the area. The grounds were filled with many different model Astons but the one to stand out was brought along especially for the ceremony from the Aston Hertitage Trust the A3 prototype valued at £20million! See attached picture, together with one of David Richards giving a speech before unveiling the joint Cornwall Heritage Trust & Aston Martin Heritage Trust plaque celebrating this historical event for St Austell.
Bob Eddy 18/2/2018