Josh meets Richard Hammond at CarFest

Richard Hammond and Josh Howard from Jacksplace, two men next to each other posing

Josh, a young adult that regularly visits Jacksplace, met Richard Hammond at CarFest last weekend.

Josh was attending CarFest as an ambassador for our hospices and spoke on the main stage with Chris Evans about the charity, alongside other charity ambassadors. Josh expressed that he was a fan of the TV presenter, Richard Hammond. So we worked with the festival organisers to arrange a meeting.

Richard Hammond chatting to Josh and his mum under a canopy
Richard Hammond stood with Naomi House and Jacksplace staff in red t-shirts in front of canopy

Richard Hammond invited Josh to meet him at his filming stand at CarFest and they had a long conversation and took some photos together. This is what Josh said about meeting Richard Hammond:

It was great to meet Richard Hammond. He went out of his way to meet me at the festival and gave up so much of his time to talk to me. They say not to meet your heroes in case they disappoint, but he really was the man I thought he would be. He made my day.

— Josh Howard

Our charity was one of CarFest’s local chosen charities and will receive some proceeds from the funds raised at the festival. We also had a stall in the ‘SpaFest’ area of the festival, with a sensory zone and remote control painting activity which festival go-ers enjoyed.

Some of us bumped into a few different celebrities over the weekend who took an interest in our work, including Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick and Love Island star, Curtis Pritchard.

a woman and a man smiling posing for camera

Tash Haji, Senior Fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, said:

It was a fantastic weekend. A highlight for me was introducing Richard Hammond to our charity and watching him take part in our stall’s remote control car painting! He also encouraged others to come and visit us and take an interest in our charity. The whole event was great exposure for our hospices. Thank you so much to Chris Evans and the whole CarFest team for your continued support and we look forward to next year!

— Tash Haji
Richard Hammond playing with remote control car toy and painting on large canvas on the ground

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Josh regularly visits Jacksplace, the only hospice for young adults in our region. Click to find out more about Jacksplace, including a film about the hospice created by the young adults that come here.

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