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82-year-old star

04 July 2014

HER name is Mary, she is 86 years old, and she was one of the stars of the classic car show in the grounds of All Saints' C of E Primary School, Harworth, in Southwell & Nottingham diocese. She is owned by Mark and Carolyn Stewart, both regulars at All Saints', in the village.

Mr Stewart has postural tachycardia syndrome, a debilitating chronic condition that includes a fast heart-rate when the patient stands up, and severe fatigue. The Stewarts wanted to raise money for Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS), a charity that works to improve treatment and help inform patients about the condition, and they approached the Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Leah Vasey-Saunders, to ask whether they could organise a car show in aid of both the church and STARS.

"It turned out to be a wonderful occasion," Mrs Vasey-Saunders says. "There was a definite sense of surprise that this was in and for Harworth, and a little bit of a sense of pride and achievement that has led to a feeling we can do bigger and better next year."

A grand prize draw was held, and every ticket was sold - one of the prizes was a ride in a microlight aircraft - raising about £2000 for the church. The show raised a further £1100, and the money was shared with STARS.

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