SEAFORD: Devoted dad’s motoring challenge

Kevin Lower
Kevin Lower

A DEVOTED dad from Seaford is marking a milestone by taking part in 50 motorsport events in memory of his son.

Kevin Lower has organised the mammoth feat to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children who supported him and his family when his baby boy Toby was ill.

When Kevin’s wife Suzanne was pregnant she was told that the baby was not expected to survive and after giving birth they were then informed he may not live more than a few days.

Toby, who had congenital heart disease and whose heart was the wrong way round, sadly passed away when he was six-months-old and Kevin is keen to give something back to the charity that supported the family.

The garage owner, who celebrated his 50th birthday on March 4, is hoping to complete the various challenges during the next 12 months.

He is aptly calling the feat Fifty@50 challenge and it will see him mainly taking part in sprints, hill climbs and autotests.

Most are races against the clock but there are also a few fun events that the Stafford Road resident will be taking part in.

He will mainly be using a Ford Escort RS2000, Mini Moke and a Mini Saloon to compete in the events – with back up from a brace of Ford Kas.

His wife Suzanne said of the Demelza staff, “They were a great help. They have as much or as little input as you want, what they are doing is quite remarkable, it makes a life-changing difference to someone who doesn’t have much of a life.”

She added that their support and the equipment they provided meant Toby, who would have turned seven this month, could spend his time at home rather than in hospital.

The pair, who have five other children, are hoping as many people as possible will sponsor Kevin in his bid to reach his £5,000 target.

Kevin, who has already taken part in two of the challenges already, is a member of various motor clubs including Eastbourne & Ram, 7 Oaks and District, Farnborough and District and Tunbridge Wells Motor Club.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Kevin should visit: www.justgiving.com/kevinlower or to find out more go to the website: www.fiftyat50.co.uk and read his blog.