Rolls-Royce owner will perform 50 random acts of kindness to raise money for charity

Rolls-Royce owner Garreth Wood is founder of the Edinburgh, Scotland-based Speratus Group and his wife Nicola as well as a friend William Rhind are a part of the Gumball 3000 Rally. This star-studded event sees some of the most beautiful and luxurious cars traveling 3,000 miles. But for the Woods, it’s all for charity.


The trio are taking the Gumball 3000 Rally in order to raise money for the When You Wish Upon a Star charity, which is similar to the Make a Wish Foundation in the United States. Their goal is to raise £200,000 by committing 50 Random Acts of Kindness for which Garreth’s company will donate £2,000 each. The money will be used to send a group of children and their helpers to Lapland to meet Father Christmas.

Their Rolls-Royce is wrapped in a red chrome and black velvet finish with a Scottish flag on the trunk.


“It’s a great honour to support ‘When you wish upon a Star’. This trip to Lapland promises to create magical memories for children and families dealing with life threatening illnesses,” said Garreth Wood, owner of the ‘Velvet Phantom’. “This journey presents an incredible opportunity to raise vital funds for such a worthy cause. It’s also important to raise awareness; this is why we chose a temporary wrap for the car that is sure to wow the crowds wherever we go! We are incredibly grateful to the Gumball Foundation for agreeing to match our donation allowing us to double the number of children we can take to Lapland at the end of the year.”


Aaron Turpen
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