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Brands Hatch Villagers' Day Raises Over £5000 for Local Causes - 1 Mar 2016

The annual Brands Hatch Villagers' Day took place recently, with local residents raising over £5000 for local causes.

The event, open to anyone living within one mile of the circuit, offered visitors a chance to enjoy activities offered by the venue, in exchange for a small donation to charity.

Local residents were able to get behind the wheel of some of the circuit's driving experience vehicles including the BMW M4, Land Rover Defender and Toyota GT86 rally car.

Other activities included passenger laps in a Caterham sports car, driven by an expert instructor, plus YoungDrive MINIs for visitors aged 11 to 17 to drive, and karting. Nearly 500 experiences were provided during the day.

The Brands Hatch Liaison Group, headed by MotorSport Vision's Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer, has nominated four worthy causes which will receive a share of the funds raised. These are:

West Kingsdown Memory Café  - run by the local Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Services group.

St Edmund's Church, West Kingsdown

Hi Kent  - support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, providing a service in West Kingsdown, Eynsford, Hartley, New Ash Green and other nearby villages.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch circuit manager Mike Groves commented: "It was great to see so many residents here at the weekend help raise money and we are delighted to have increased our total this year, benefitting more local causes. Villagers' Day is also an entertaining way to thank our neighbours for their continued support and we look forward to welcoming them back to our events this season."