Barnsley College's Fireman Sam cart scoops 'Most Creative Cart' title in soapbox derby

Barnsley College is celebrating after taking home the title of ‘Most Creative Cart’ in a soapbox derby.

The event saw teams build and race their own soap box cars in front of 3,500 spectators, in order to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which organised the event.

The college’s entry was Fireman Sam-themed, and was one of 37 carts that battled it out to the finish line at the event held at Clifton Park in Rotherham.


The team in action

The team in action on the Fireman Sam cart

The hospice cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, and currently supports 250 families in their own homes, as well as at the hospice itself, which is based in Sheffield.

Steve Wilmer, tutorial learning mentor in the business, warehousing and logistics department at Barnsley College, said: “We had tremendous support from the local business community, including Travis Perkins who donated materials and resources to help build the cart and South Yorkshire Fire Service who loaned uniforms for the team to wear at the race.

“It was great to be involved with this fun event and winning this award is a fantastic end to a really enjoyable day.”


Featured picture: The Barnsley College Fireman Sam racing team