Dorothy House Hospice Care has launched its inaugural Soapbox Derby – a new charity event to be held on Sunday 9 July in Victoria Park, Bath – with the support of Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams.

The Soapbox Derby is a time trial for non-power assisted carts run over a grassy, inclined course. The carts will require a three-person team with one person driving and two pushing. The run will be timed by event marshals and the organisers will keep safety paramount. The event will raise valuable funds for the hospice.

To enter a cart costs £300 per team of three people and entry closes on 30 June. Children aged seven years and over are welcome to participate as drivers if pushed by a parent or responsible adult. All teams must be registered and their carts inspected for safety on arrival.

To sign up a team or get involved in the Soapbox Derby event visit:

The event has already inspired some hot competition between local businesses with companies signing up a cart including; Juice Recruitment, Moore Stephens, Cooltherm Ltd, AWW UK Ltd, Strawberry Fields Catering, Lovehoney and HMS Flying Fox the Royal Navy Reserves.

Competitors can bring friends, families and colleagues along to watch the battle of the soapboxes. A fun time trial will be available for anyone to take part on the day for £3 per person in a specially designed cart by Lansdown Mazda – the idea is similar to the time trial on Top Gear in “a reasonably priced family saloon”.

Prizes will be available for the best team in fancy dress, most spectacular cornering and most entertaining run alongside trophies for the winning teams. The first runs will take place from 11am and there will be children’s activities for all the family.

Amy Williams, gold medallist in the women’s skeleton in the 2010 Winter Olympics said: “I’m always happy to support local Bath events and especially when they’re raising funds for great local charities like Dorothy House. I’m used to a push-start on my skeleton sled but it’s a bit different being pushed on wheels! Come along and watch the fun or build your very own dream machine, it’ll be a great day out to get together with family and friends next to the iconic Royal Crescent.”


Main image: Beata Cosgrove Photography