Go-kart races to help Braunton family

NORTH Devon businesses will be going full throttle at a charity go-kart race in Barnstaple on Saturday afternoon. Nine company teams have signed up to take part in the event, being held to raise funds for a young Braunton family still coming to terms with

NORTH Devon businesses will be going full throttle at a charity go-kart race in Barnstaple on Saturday afternoon.

Nine company teams have signed up to take part in the event, being held to raise funds for a young Braunton family still coming to terms with a life-changing road accident that left a young mum paralysed.

The Absolute Challenge 2009 Go-Kart Endurance Race will raise money to help buy mum-of-two Katie Major a specially adapted electric wheelchair.

As reported on the front page of the Gazette in March, Katie's car hit a patch of black ice near Rackenford, and span out of control before crashing into a tree.


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Despite being told by surgeons that she would never walk again, the 34-year-old has astounded doctors with her courage and determination to get on with her life. Since the accident - just three days after Christmas - Katie and husband Mark, and boys, Sam, eight, and Ben, four, have moved to a bungalow in Braunton to help her adapt to life in a wheelchair.

Paul Momber, managing director of event organisers Barnstaple-based Absolute Driver Solutions (ADS), met mechanic Mark at a local business league meeting. He said his company was delighted to be able to help the family.

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"Their lives have changed completely but Katie is one positive young lady," said Mr Momber.

"Saturday's event is open to our North Devon client base with the intention to have a bit of fun and to raise money towards a new wheelchair for Katie."

Five of the North Devon Gazette's finest will be locking horns on the starting grid with teams from ADS, Smurfit Kappa, Blue Orange, Ilfracombe Plumbing and Heating, Eaton Aerospace, Press Play, Youings and current Muriel Momber Cup holders Chapple Electrical Services/Heart FM.

Racing starts at the North Devon Karting Centre, Pottington, at 3pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and cheer the teams on. There will be a raffle draw on the day as well as collection buckets trackside.

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