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Internet gaming giant Microgaming held its third annual soapbox derby race, which sees proceeds going to the Hyperbaric IOM institution, and thousands of spectators came out to view the event.
The derby brought in £2,270 for the Hyperbaric IOM, which treats a variety of illnesses by putting patients in a pressurized chamber while supplying them with 100% oxygen. The event itself brought in thousands of spectators, and saw 29 different soapbox racers competing in the rain. Racer designs included a batmobile, yellow racer, and a wheelbarrow. The course had a series of jumps and ramps, providing a bunch of fun to those who attended the races on Upper Church Street.
Speaking about the event, Microgaming's Head of PlayItForward Claire Coleman said, "It's brilliant to be a part of what's fast becoming an iconic event on the island's events calendar. Despite some murky weather the atmosphere was anything but downcast and we were really pleased to see such an enthusiastic turnout on the day. The fact that people continue to support and enjoy the event makes all the difference to the critical work done by IOM Hyperbaric."
IOM Hyberbaric employee David Downie also spoke about the event, noting: "We are incredibly grateful to be the event's chosen charity partner. IOM Hyperbaric relies heavily on public donations to treat over 15,000 local patients every year for a wide variety of medical conditions. This donation will make an invaluable difference."