The newly formed NSPCC Shropshire Business Group (NSPCC SBG) has raised £3,100 for the children’s charity following two very different kinds of racing events.

On Sunday 26th April, the group’s Chairman, Nick Jones, competed in his first ever London Marathon, running on behalf of the charity.

Crossing the finishing line in a highly creditable 5hours 41 minutes, Nick, a partner with wealth management company, St. James’s Place Partnership, raised £2,000 in sponsorship.

Earlier in the month, a high octane Scalextric track event at Shrewsbury’s Prostar stadium raised a further £1,100 after 80 ‘petrol heads’ from the county’s business community came together to compete for the NSPCC SBG Championship.

The event, sponsored by Hatfields Jaguar Dealership in Shrewsbury, saw competitors racing 6 laps around a challenging eight lane Scalextric mega-track.

Mark Dunford, a St. James’s Place Partnership Senior Partner, sped off with the title on the night, with Border Business Magazine editor, Howard Gudgeon, hot on his spoiler.

“It was a terrific event,” said Keith Winter, from Dyke Yaxley, “a lot of fun was had during the racing and the format allowed for some good informal networking too, which is one of the prime benefits of being a member of the NSPCC SBG.”

Shropshire businesses sponsoring individual races included Bang & Olufson, Don’t Dream It Drive It, Dyke Yaxley, Global Freight Services, Hatfields Jaguar, Martin Kaye Solicitors, Prodeus, Salop Glass, Shropshire Vending Services, St. James’s Place Partnership and Wace Morgan Solicitors.

Proceeds from Nick’s marathon effort and the Scalextric night will go directly to support the NSPCC’s work with vulnerable children in the county.

Any organisation interested in joining the NSPCC Shropshire Business Group is asked to contact Nick Jones, St. James’s Place Partnership on 01743 240968 or email