Backup’s Kart-Fest 2018 raises £23,500

Technical entertainment charity Backup collected a record amount of donations at its annual karting challenge held in July.

Kart-Fest 2018 raised £23,500 in donations – the biggest total for any Backup fund-raising event yet, and £2,500 more than in 2017.

Held during the first Wimbledon fortnight, Kart-Fest 2018 was themed around the tennis tournament and saw racers from 33 teams don big hair, sweatbands, tennis skirts and dubious prosthetics.

Backup trustee and event organiser Lee Dennison says: “It can be hard getting everyone together in this industry, as we’re all so constantly busy. But on the day, it felt effortless, and we were so pleased that 33 teams representing all areas participated. Rivalries stayed on the track and a common shared ‘want’ to support our charity and help our family out became the focus of the day.”

In first place were The Really Useful Group and their team Phantom Racers 2, in second place were 2017 winners Production Park and in third place, were team DiGiCo. Winners of the Pit Stop Challenge were team Imagination, Media Lease’s ‘Fastest Lap’ went to ‘Flareton Senna’s’ Graham Combes, the dubious honour of winning headline sponsor Chauvet’s Slowest Lap went to the Royal Albert Hall’s Ollie Jeffrey and winner of the Chauvet Surf’s Up Challenge for who could stay on a mechanical surfboard the longest was Jed Bason of Unusual Rigging.

Dennison adds: “A massive thank you to everyone that came to Kart-Fest and to our sponsors Chauvet Professional, Unusual, Creative Technology/NEP Live Events, Autograph, IPS, JPP and, the Technical department. The feedback from the day has been so very positive and Kart-Fest will be back next year.”

Visit for information on future events or to sign up as a regular donor. You can also sign in to Amazon using the Smile portal and select Backup as your charity of choice – every sale will generate 0.5% back to the charity.


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