A POPULAR Herefordshire race featuring hand made racing carts has enjoyed a record breaking year.

The annual Soap box Derby returned to the village of Richards Castle, between Leominster and Ludlow on the border of Herefordshire and Shropshire.

The event, which took place on Sunday, June 26, saw a record number of entries, and raised more money than ever - a grand total of £14,000 raised for local charities.

In an update released this week, organisers say nearly £10,000 was taken in gate ticket sales alone, plus the auctioning of two carts at the end of the day, and money raised after the event.


A spokesperson for the event said: "We welcomed more people than ever to the event and raised more money for local charities.

"The committee are delighted to announce that a total of £14,000 will be donated to local charities this September."

The charities and organisations receiving donations include Ludlow Ukrainian Refugee Support Group, The Hope Centre in Bromyard, and Ludlow’s Men in Sheds together with the village hall, Richards Castle Church and Orleton School.

A celebration of the achievement will be held at Richards Castle Village Hall on Wednesday, September 14 at 7.30pm.