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Chris Evans CarFest: £750,000 raised for Children in Need

Chris Evans at CarFest
Image caption Chris Evans' CarFest event combined music, food and cars

A weekend car and music festival hosted by DJ Chris Evans has helped raise at least £750,000 for Children in Need.

About 15,000 people attended CarFest at Laverstoke Park Farm in Overton on an estate owned by former F1 World Champion Jody Scheckter.

The Radio 2 breakfast show presenter said the event, and one planned for Cheshire in September, had so far raised about £750,000.

"The best way of raising money is by having fun," he said.

The event combined live music with food and car attractions, with profits going to the BBC's Children in Need appeal.

Bands Texas and Razorlight headlined the event.

Mr Evans said: "We're very pleased how the first CarFest has gone - it has been wonderful. So many people have brought their kids, that's been the magic dust over the whole event.

"I'm not going to take the credit for it, it's down to other people."

A CarFest North event is being held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on the weekend of 8-9 September.

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