On Sunday 13th August, at least 25 children and young people will meet up with supercar drivers for breakfast at TEXO before setting out in convoy to the Grampian Transport Museum. The kids will get into the passenger seats – and feel like superstars for the morning.
In the Museum grounds, 400+ invited families will be welcomed by the array of supercars (including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, McLarens, and some vintage models) – plus face-painting, bouncy castle, food, and Superhero meet-and-greets. It’s not a fundraiser, but an experience: this event is invite-only. The idea is to provide a fun, memorable day for families with a parent or child diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Last held in 2019 and put on pause during the pandemic, the Supercar Day in the Shire is returning for its fourth year in 2023.
“Since becoming involved with Emily and the supercar day in 2019 we’ve all been waiting for the opportunity to host again and support the whole day,” says Richard Lamb (Director of Workplace Solutions at TEXO). “Watching the cars leave the site is very moving – it breaks all our hearts. Emily puts everything into it and here at TEXO we all feel committed to providing support and ensuring the families have the best day they can possibly have.”
“We couldn’t do this event without the incredible generosity of TEXO,” says organiser Emily Findlay. “I am so grateful to them; they go above and beyond to support the event.”
The Story behind Supercar Day
Emily was 14 when she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer for her age, affecting the nervous system.
“In 2014, while I was going through treatment, my brother Max and I attended a supercar day at the Grampian Transport Museum and we absolutely loved it,” she explains.
“I’d always loved cars, but this event sparked my passion for supercars. Max was 6 years old, and his face just lit up when he got a ride in the cars. I remember we were both obsessed with the Audi R8s.”
“Siblings are affected massively when their brother or sister is unwell, and I think it is so important to give an opportunity for them to have fun and experience something really special – of course this event is for the whole family.”
Inspired by her own experiences, Emily founded Supercar Day in the Shire. She wanted to give families a ‘day off’ from thinking about illness and appointments. “We go above and beyond to make our event as memorable as possible,” she said. “I know what a strain a chronic or terminal illness can have on families.”
Tickets are given out by designated charities including The Archie Foundation, Charlie House, Friends of Anchor, and Maggie’s Aberdeen. “So far, we have given out 400+ tickets to 12 local charities. We have so many families that are so excited for the event. I just want to do everything I can to make the day incredibly special for them.”
Could you bring a car or drive in the convoy? If you own a supercar and you can spare a few hours on Sunday 13th August, Emily wants to hear from you!
Fill out the online form and she will get back to you.