The Sporting Bears were started in 1989 by Chris and Pat Glasbey as they wanted to combine their love of Classic Cars with supporting children’s charities. After setting up a committee, devising the name and logo and consultation with the Charities Commisssion their first national day was held at the International Classic and Sportscar Show at the NEC in May 1990.
The objectives of the ‘Bears’ are simple. A dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with one aim – to raise money for children’s charities through social and touring events and to support other charitable events. Members pay an annual subscription which covers the club’s overheads allowing all money raised at events to go to the selected charities. Members donate their time and petrol to events. Since 1989 they have raised in excess of £950,000 for various children’s charities.
There are several regional branches of the ‘Bears’ and in 2012 an enterprising member of the Royal Navy, CPOAET Baz Firth joined the Bears and is spearheading a group in the South West. They have chosen the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund as one of their charities to support and so far this year have raised well over £10,000 for the charity. The largest event to date for the charity was the very successful Planes, Games & Automobiles at Goodwood Motor Circuit. This took place on the Jubilee Bank Holiday when Baz and the Bears along with Simon Wright and Lorie Coffey from BAE Systems, Portsmouth organised a fantastic day combining cars and a great family day out.
If you would like to know more about the Bears and any events that are planned then visit their website www.sportingbears.org.uk or see our website for events supporting the Children’s Fund. Membership of the Bears is only £20 and you don’t have to have a Classic or Sports Car to join.
The Children’s Fund are incredibly grateful to Baz and all the Bears for their support. We look forward to continuing to work with them on events and fundraising over the next year.