Karting competition a hit for BDCI

The meat industry took to the track last week in a race to raise money for the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution (BDCI) with an endurance challenge go-kart competition.

The day saw 22 teams from 11 meat industry companies take part, but it was the Cranswick team which took the day, completing an impressive 113 laps and beating Interfood Slicing into second place with 109 laps. Bringing up third was the Marel team, which managed 108 laps in a day beset by rain and wet conditions.

The event, which took place at the Daytona race track in Milton Keynes, saw the competitors race for three hours around the 1,300m track in karts capable of up to 60mph.

Commenting on his team’s success, Cranswick’s Marcus Hoggarth said: “What a brilliant event! We are delighted to win, but it was really about taking part and supporting the BDCI so it was great that everyone entered into the spirit of things.”

BDCI festival chairman James Sydenham said: “This was a fantastic event with a really great atmosphere and positive camaraderie between the teams. Raising funds for the BDCI was of course the main objective of the day and we have successfully achieved that, but it was also an opportunity to have some fun and network across our industry. I would like to thank the organisers for ensuring the event ran smoothly, as well as everyone who came along to support us.

“Our attention now turns to the Annual Festival Dinner on Friday 28 September. With only 10 weeks to go, we are busy finalising plans for the evening. As well as raising as much money as possible for the BDCI, I want this to be a night to remember. Lenny Henry is our host and together with his band ‘Poor White Trash and the Little Big Horns’, we can expect to be thoroughly entertained. So make sure you reserve your place now and please get in touch if you can help with auction prizes or sponsorship.”

Tickets for the dinner, priced at £140, are on sale now. To book tickets, donate an auction prize, or book advertising space in the brochure, call 01727 896094, email info@bdci.uk.com, or visit the website www.bdci.org.uk and complete the on-line form.

The BDCI provides support for anyone in the UK who has been connected in any way with the meat trade, as well as their widows/widowers or dependents. Help is available, regardless of age or circumstances, for a variety of needs including paying bills, repairs to the home, mobility equipment and nursing home fees.

Applications are considered at the bi-monthly BDCI Grants Committee Meeting. To apply for assistance, applicants must provide evidence of their connection with the meat trade, as well as financial details, including any income they and their partner receive.

Further details and a copy of the application form can be found on the BDCI’s website: www.bdci.org.uk. Alternatively applicants can contact the BDCI directly by telephone on 01727 896094 or via e-mail info@bdci.uk.com.