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Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club thank York Hospital for saving life of member Howard Booth
A DISPLAY of classic cars will call at York this weekend to say thank you after a man’s life was saved in the city.
The Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) will roll out a fleet of more than 20 new and vintage vehicles in St Sampson’s Square on Sunday, not only to celebrate British engineering but to thank the city for saving the life of one of its members.
Howard Booth collapsed at an event at York Racecourse in 2011, and was rushed to York Hospital where tests showed he had a damaged heart valve.
Audrey Booth, Howard’s wife, and Yorkshire Section Secretary of the RREC, said: “We are all extremely excited about this event and we’re hoping for a great turnout.
“Howard collapsed with what turned out to be a need for a replacement heart valve.
“Looking back, I’m sure Howard could have probably died suddenly, without warning, as he didn’t know he had a damaged heart valve. We have a lot to thank York Hospital for.”
The owners of each Rolls Royce are making a donation to York Hospital for the event.
Vehicles on show will include a 1928 Barker Tourer and a 1926 Park Ward Saloon.
Lucy Lowthian, fundraising manager for the York Teaching Hospital Charity, said: “People organise great fundraising events for us ranging from cake making to jumping out of a plane, but the Rolls Royce event is a real first for us.
“This is a great opportunity for car enthusiasts and I hope it’s well supported.
“We’re extremely grateful for the support of the club as every penny really makes a difference, ensuring we can make the patient experience in our hospitals the best it can be. Thank you to everyone involved in the event.”
Coun Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club to our beautiful city to display fine British Engineering from the past and present."
The event runs from 10.30am to 5pm.
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