Fund raising, setting world records and now race car driving - it’s all in a day’s work for the Foyle Hospice’s Rachel Bruce.
Last weekend Rachel was spearheading the successful Brides Across the Bridge event at Guildhall Square.
But a little known fact is that the Derry woman competed behind the wheel at Lark in the Park back in April and came in 21st!
The Maiden City Motor Club have had the Foyle Hospice as their nominated charity for the last three years and supported the local charity through their annual Dog Leap Rally and Turkey Stages Rally at Shackleton Barracks.
Last year the club reintroduced the Lark In The Park Rally held in St Columb’s Park into their event calendar and the partnership with Foyle Hospice continued.
This year Lark in the Park Rally was back and the club approached Foyle Hospice Fundraiser Rachel, to ask if she would get involved more to raise awareness of the rally and the club’s support of the Hospice by becoming a navigator for the day!
On Saturday 26th April Rachel competed in the Lark in the Park Rally as navigator with Joe Gallagher and the whole experience being captured for TV!
Rachel and Joe finished 21st out of 50 entries and came in third in class.
Rachel said: “We always ask people to do weird and wonderful things for the Hospice so when Maiden City Motor Club approached me about taking part in Lark in the Park I thought how can I say no!
“This was a huge challenge for me and there were a couple of sleepless nights before hand.
“But thanks to excellent anti motion sickness tablets and a great driver both the car and myself survived!
“I must thank Maiden City Motor Club for giving me this opportunity, Joe Gallagher , E&I Engineering for their donation of €500 toward the entry and to my friends and family for sponsoring me personally and helping raise an additional £500.
“This was a a great experience and not something I will forget in a hurry .
“I even have a piece of crystal and a licence to remind me of the day! Everyone at the Foyle Hospice would like to thank all those at the Maiden City Motor Club for their on-going support.
“And we and congratulate them on holding such a great event.”