The Concours of Elegance Announces its Official Charity Beneficiaries for 2014

Charity Beneficiaries at Concours of Elegance
  • Five key charities to benefit from fundraising at the 2014 Concours of Elegance, being held at Hampton Court Palace from 5-7 September
  • The chosen charities for 2014 are Walking With The Wounded, Action on Addiction, The Springfield Club, Pilotlight and Rosetrees Trust
  • Capstar to provide chauffeuring services, with Mission Motorsport providing event marshal support
  • The Concours of Elegance remains a major fund raising event for various charities, with this year’s target set to exceed the £250,000 mark
  • In just two years, the annual Concours of Elegance has raised more than £500,000 for its nominated charities
  • The 2014 Concours of Elegance will gather over 60 of the rarest cars from around the world, supported by hundreds of other fine motor cars
  • For the first time, Concours visitors will be able to vote for their personal favourite Concours car by text, and make a useful donation to the five official 2014 event charities

When the inaugural annual Concours of Elegance was established in 2012, a key objective from the outset was to be a highly successful charity fundraising initiative.  In the first two years of its existence, the award-winning Concours of Elegance – held at Windsor Castle in 2012 and at St James’s Palace in 2013 – has raised more than £500,000 for charity, distributed between a variety of worthy beneficiaries.

In just one month’s time – from 5 to 7 September – the historic Hampton Court Palace will be the magnificent location for the 2014 Concours of Elegance, with the aim of exceeding the generous £250,000 collected for charity in 2013.

The five chosen charities and beneficiaries for the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace are Walking With The Wounded, The Springfield Club, Action on Addiction, Pilotlight and Rosetrees Trust.

Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations of our wounded injured and sick servicemen and women. It supports wounded ex-servicemen into work by raising funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military.

Action on Addiction takes action to disarm addiction, currently the biggest preventable killer in the UK, destroying lives, breaking-up families, harming communities and having a damaging impact on society as a whole.

The Springfield Youth Club has strong links with motor sport.  The aim of The Springfield Youth Club is to provide a community area, via a voluntary youth service, for young people to develop their full potential. The policy governing the running of the Club states that the object is … “to help each child/young person find interests, and to help each individual to develop, as far as they can, towards being a useful citizen of tomorrow”… in short character training.

Pilotlight is an enterprising UK charity that enables small, ambitious charities and social enterprises to help a greater number of people, more effectively.  Senior business people volunteer as mentors, or ‘Pilotlighters’, currently helping over 80 charities, tackling issues such as children with learning disabilities, isolated older people and carers.

Rosetrees Trust was created in 1987 as a family Trust, using venture philanthropy to support medical research. Rosetrees provides grants to outstanding researchers, whether established or at the start of their career, to conduct medical research. Over the last 25 years, Rosetrees has supported some 250 medical research projects across all major illnesses. The breadth of its support is unique, as is its personal and supportive relationship with its researchers. Its vision is to make a difference to humanity today and every day through medical research.

For the very first time this year, visitors to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be able to vote for their personal favourite Concours car by text from their mobile telephone, with all the money raised going directly to the five official 2014 event charities highlighted above. All of the charitable donations so generously given contribute significantly to the event’s overall success, and help to make a real, lasting difference to the lives of so many.

Working closely with Walking With The Wounded, Action on Addiction and other charities, Capstar Chauffeurs will be providing a premium chauffeur shuttle service at the Concours of Elegance. Capstar employs former servicemen and women from the British Armed Forces, with the company built around core military values to ensure it provides an exceptional standard of chauffeur experience.  It is the first commercial venture of its kind to actively train and recruit former servicemen and women who have been wounded, providing employment in an industry where an injured soldier can compete on equal terms.

The Forces’ motorsport charity – Mission Motorsport – will be kindly providing the marshal support for the Concours.

The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open to the public on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with adult entry tickets and hospitality, available to purchase strictly in advance from £25 per person, per day, including access into Hampton Court Palace and its extensive grounds.   More details at