Liam Fairhurst’s legacy races on ahead of charity go karting challenge for CLIC Sargent

Liam Fairhurst and brother Callum, who is due to return from his round the world charity cycling tou

Liam Fairhurst and brother Callum, who is due to return from his round the world charity cycling tour in the next couple of weeks - Credit: Archant

Inspirational Soham teenager Liam Fairhurst will be remembered as part of an endurance charity karting challenge later this year.

Liam Fairhurst in his cart

Liam Fairhurst in his cart - Credit: Archant

Red Lodge Karting has launched the event, which takes place on Sunday June 26, to help support children and young person’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Challenge 21, in commemoration of what would have been ‘inspirational’ Liam’s 21st year, will be presented by the Liam Fairhurst Foundation.

The charity was set up to help more young people affected by cancer, disabilities and illness.

Liam was diagnosed with a rare, high grade soft tissue cancer called synovial sarcoma in July 2005. In the years that followed, Liam fought tirelessly and endeavoured to raise funds and awareness for those in a similar condition. He died on June 30 2009.

Sarah Darkins, director of Red Lodge Karting and friend of the Fairhurst’s said: “Liam was an inspiration and we would like to do him proud by running what we hope will be the best challenge yet.

“We would encourage anyone to take on this team challenge, particularly businesses looking for a thrilling time and to raise some much-needed funds for this brilliant cause”

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Since the starting endurance challenge events in 2010, Red Lodge Karting has raised £46,000 for CLIC Sargent, who provided support to Liam and his family.

Liam’s mother, Sarah, said: “Liam would have been 21 this year and whilst we will never get over our loss we are proud of everything that has been and still is done in his name.

“CLIC Sargent meant a lot to us as a family throughout Liam’s treatment and with the support of Red Lodge Karting he was also able to link his passion for karting with raising funds to help other children and families like ours.

“We hope as many businesses and clubs join us to celebrate the life of this remarkable young man and continue the legacy he started.

Challenge 21 will see teams of four to a maximum of eight drivers compete for the Liam’s Smile trophy in addition to other prizes.

Each race event will last three hours, as well as 20 minutes of open practice per team beforehand.

The cost of entry per team is £290 and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £400 per team. All funds raised from team sponsorship will be donated to CLIC Sargent.

Daisy Turner, CLIC Sargent fundraising manager, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to have some fun, team build with colleagues and raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

“Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

“A mini-trade show will also be taking place on the day in the newly opened corporate building at Red Lodge Karting, where local businesses are invited to book a stand and showcase their goods.”