We are Beach Dubbin’ - The Ultimate VW Show by the Sea based in Southsea, Portsmouth.
We are an annual not for profit charity Volkswagen and Classic Car show held on Southsea Common on the first weekend of August. Showcasing all sorts of vehicles, providing a much needed day out for enthusiasts, and families from the local area to enjoy a day looking at beautiful vehicles by the sea, all the while donating money to indepent local charities. We usually charge £10 per vehicle including all occupants to show off their vehicles, and we are free to walking public just wishing to come and enjoy the show. We had around 2,000 vehicles on site last year. We also sell a range of locally produced merchanise. To date we have raised almost £17,000 for charity, last year raising £11,750 alone.
Photo credit to Daniel Tilsley
We were hoping to do the same this year, however Covid 19 has caused the cancellation of our much loved show, which means the two local causes and charities we were supporting will miss out on vital donations from us this year.
So, as always we like to think outside of the box, and we are putting on a Virtual Beach Dubbin’ using various social media outlets and apps - including entertainment, a show and shine competition, amazing prizes, local traders and small businesses, and hopefully some vital fund raising. Virtual Beach Dubbin’ will be held on 1st and 2nd August which would have been our show weekend.
The Beach Dubbin’ team will be taking part in challenges over the show weekend which we are hoping people will sponsor us for!
The two local independently funded causes and charities we are raising money for are:
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
“Ordinary People. Extraordinary Care. Supported by you. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is the independent Charity that brings an advanced critical care team to the most seriously ill and injured patients in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, giving them the best chance of survival and recovery, when the worst happens. Using both a helicopter and emergency response vehicle, the Charity brings a team of highly skilled pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors and specialist paramedics to the scene of an incident, effectively bringing the hospital to the patient when time is critical. Called out to an average of six incidents every day, including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, falls and assaults, our life-saving service is operational 356 days a year, both day and night. It currently costs £15,000 a day to maintain our life saving service, and it is only thanks to the generosity of the communities that we serve that we are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”
Undercover Skatepark Project
“The Undercover Skatepark Project is a community interest company looking to build a community skatepark to teach and house extreme wheeled sports. We want to create a safe user-friendly space for all to come and use. We hope for this space to become a hub in the North Portsmouth area and place where school groups can attend sessions, young people can meet with friends, adults can bring their children, veterans can continue development, parents can watch their children and the community can feel safe. We hope to create a multi-use facility for all ages with additions such as our Skate School with dedicated coaches for 1:1 and group training. We will add a café and a shop too. We want to add a spectator viewing platform and entertainment area to maximise our sustainability. We will build the space mindful of a training facility for future competitors and Olympians and hope to hold various competitions and jams from grass roots levels to international athletes. It would be great to team up with other skateparks to put on heats and tours; taking a team of our own around to develop skills at other parks both in the UK and abroad. What are our next steps? While we continue with talks and finding a location, a committee is being formed to work through designs and procedures for the skatepark. A design team have been appointed and regular meetings are being held with the council to make sure we are continuing to push forward. Fundraising is now high on the agenda for the team. A video is being created to use for promotion of the project as well as the Crowdfunder that will be launched later in the year. Events are being planned and will advertised once details have been pulled together. Grants and funding bids are being written and will be applied for once the location has been confirmed and lease signed. The council are also set to contribute along side local businesses who are set to sponsor. USP Skate Academy has launched! You can now book in with our team of skateboarding coaches. It doesn’t matter your age or ability the coaches will work with you to improve your confidence and skills. You can buy the vouchers from Bored of Southsea. Get 10% when booking a cluster of 5 lessons or when you buy a full set up from the store. A contribution of all sales is going towards the fundraising efforts. Founder Jacob Skinner says ‘We are so grateful for all the effort and support we have received. It really shows that we have a fantastic community. A big push is coming this year with huge support from many local businesses, politicians and community members. The skate academy was launched in December 2019 with many pupils already signed up and learning. This is an exciting year; we’ve got this Portsmouth!’”
We think you can all agree these are both very worthy causes. We hope everyone can dig deep so that we can raise amazing funds them this year in absence of our show.
Thank you in advance, big love, Team BD