MORE than 30 good causes have benefited from a record sum handed out by Pagham Pram Race organisers.
Just under £16,000 was presented at a special night to represent the proceeds of last year’s Boxing Day extravaganza and other fundraising events during the 12 months. The helping others grants were awarded to 34 organisations whose work benefits residents in the Bognor Regis area.
Tim Holland, Pagham Pram Race’s vice-president, said: “This is the most we have ever raised.
“We had a very good night in the Inglenook Hotel and we have given the grants to people who carry out a range of activities in the area. The race seems to have got its own momentum nowadays and goes from strength to strength each year.
“We are now on our third generation of races, possibly our fourth, and taking part has become a rite of passage for some people.”
The race has been held continuously since 1946 and is billed as the world’s oldest pram race. The most recent staging saw the most entrants ever, 234, in 54 teams being supported by several thousand spectators.
The organisations helped included: Bognor Regis & District Sea Cadets, Chichester Talking News, Pagham Friendship Club, Parkinson’s Bognor Regis and St Ninian’s Guild.