Racing Ahead

Hundreds of pounds came flooding in at the races last week but it wasn’t horses or dogs the locals came to watch…

Six battery powered pigs took centre stage at the Black Boy Hotel in Bewdley in an attempt to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Organised by Bewdley resident Neil Hackett, aged 52, the event raised £513 through bets taken on the evening and race sponsorship by a number of local businesses.

Cheered on by over sixty locals, the toy pigs took part in seven races along a purpose-built eight foot track snuffling and bumping their way to winning times of around a minute!

“I had seen something like this years ago and I thought it would be a fantastic way of raising funds for the air ambulance charity. Everyone commented that they had a really great time on the night and all for a very good cause” says Kidderminster born Neil.

Neil knows more than most just how valuable Midlands Air Ambulance can be after he was airlifted nearly ten years ago following 35% burns to his arms and legs.

His injuries, which resulted in a series of skin grafts during a three week stay in hospital, were sustained after using petrol as an accelerant for a garden bonfire.

“I owe a good deal to the people who helped me out on that day and subsequently. A special thanks goes to Midlands Air Ambulance, my injuries were not life threatening but they could have been. The guys do a fantastic job, they are invaluable and I just wanted to say thank you”.

The pig race night on Saturday December 11th marked the launch of Neil’s fundraising venture, RunPig.

For more information about hosting a Run Pig event please visit


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.