Chris Weeks, of Southern Water, centre, with two-year-old Chelsea Turner and her parents, Angela and Matthew Turner, receiving a £500 cheque from Southern Water.
A BANGER rally from one end of the country to the other will support the charity, Chelsea’s Wishes.
It is part of a major boost by Southern Water staff to the charity, set up by the family of two-year-old Chelsea Turner, who was born 11 weeks early with extensive brain damage.
Chelsea’s parents, Matt and Angie, from Sandown, are battling not only to give their daughter as normal a life as possible but also to help other families in a similar situation by creating a sensory nursery and garden at their home.
They are now seeking help from tradesmen who may be able to help with the construction to allow them to spend as much time as possible at the nursery.
Southern Water supplier, Clancy Docwra, has already offered to dig the footings for the building which, will be available to other children on the Island with similar conditions. The charity has been chosen by Southern Water’s Island staff as one of the beneficiaries of their fundraising efforts for last year and this year.
Southern Water’s Island distribution inspector, Chris Weeks, has been central to the company’s fundraising drive.
He took part in a banger race to Barcelona with his father, Nick, last year, raising £1,300, which was boosted to £1,800 with a donation from the company.
Chris, 29, from Wootton, said: "Chelsea and her family are an inspiration and we’ll do anything we can to help."
He has set up his own banger rally from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in May.
For more details on on Chelsea’s Wishes visit www.chelseaswishes.org.uk or