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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...

Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...

Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

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BAE Systems Give Auction Winners a Day to Remember!

When Lindsey Marks made the winning bid at the 2012 Smile4Rich Gala Dinner in the auction for a Tank Experience at BAE Systems, she knew she was in for an unusual day out. Together with her friend, Elaine Wilson, who joined Lindsey for the trip to BAE's facility in Telford, they were not to be disappointed.

Lindsey takes up the story....

"We arrived at BAE systems in Telford and were greeted by Mike Harrow ( field support officer). He and his colleague showed us a power point presentation about the work carried out at the site whilst we enjoyed some refreshments. We were then kitted out in steel capped boots and safety goggles ( we looked gorgeous) for a tour of the site where we saw some of the military vehicles that they maintain.

"After the tour we were taken to the test track, where we were given a briefing about the Warrior tank which was going to be the first vehicle we would ride in.  After donning a very attractive paper suit I climbed onto the tank before sliding into the standing position for the journey. I was then given a helmet and told to hang on! We then set off on the test track and did about six circuits reaching a speed of over 40 mph. It was very exhilarating, going forwards, backwards and over a number of bumps. My friend and I then changed places and off she went, she couldn’t wipe the smile from her face!

"Our second trip was in the Challenger 2 tank which although much bigger than the Warrior was very agile and the driver was keen to show us everything this tank could do. Yet again we covered about six circuits of the test track each (I lost count because we were going at speed). After this amazing experience we were treated to lunch before being presented with a photo, certificate and goody bag as mementoes of our day.  As we drove home we couldn’t stop talking about our fantastic day and how lucky we were that we had won the auction lot."

We're delighted that Lindsey and Elaine enjoyed their day, and most grateful for their generous support. We'd also like to thank BAE Systems for agreeing to provide such an unusual and unique experience for our winning bidders, and for giving them a day they'll never forget!