Tragic West Lothian teenager honoured at Gumball 3000 Rally in Edinburgh

JS89142699Tragic Broxburn teen Shannon Hughes has been honoured in the world’s most famous celebrity car rally.

Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff led the tributes by wearing a gold ribbon during his Gumball 3000 Rally appearance in Edinburgh at the weekend.

The event this year sees celebs travelling from Dublin to Bucharest in some of the world’s most expensive supercars.

 

Shannon had been a special guest at the Gumball Rally in 2014.

And after her sad passing at the hands of the rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma, Gumball Rally founder Maximillion Cooper asked all drivers to wear the ribbon as a mark of respect as they travelled from Edinburgh to London.

Speaking after the event, Shannon’s dad Paul said: “Maximillion Cooper heard about Shannon passing away, so as a tribute to Shannon, he got all the drivers to wear gold ribbons and their cars show a larger gold ribbon in her memory.

“We met a few of the drivers at the Balmoral Hotel and the participants were from all over the world. To think they all knew about my daughter and why they were wearing the ribbons was very touching.

“A few even came over to us, to pay their respects and to say it was an honour for them.

“I think we can say Shannon touched hearts all over the world.”

Paul, his wife Audrey and Shannon’s brother Dylan joined entrepreneur Garreth Wood and his wife – former Miss Scotland – Nicola Wood for the event.

Shannon Hughes, 16, from Broxburn, has died after battling Ewing's Sarcoma - a rare form of bone cancer.
Shannon Hughes, 16, from Broxburn, has died after battling Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer.

Garreth and Nicola chauferred Shannon in their black phantom Rolls Royce during her guest appearance at the Gumball Rally two years ago.

As part of the journey set up by the When You Wish Upon A Star charity, Shannon was taken to the Five Sisters Zoo for a tour and was given the chance to feed the lemurs.

A statement from the charity said: “We cannot thank Maximillion and Eve Cooper and the entire Gumball 3000 family for what was a beautiful tribute to Shannon.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to every one of the Gumball Family of participants, who all wore a gold ribbon for Shannon on their jackets and also large gold ribbons (some with butterflies) on their cars.

“The tribute was overwhelming and very much appreciated by Shannon’s family who came along to see the cars arrive and leave.”

A statement from the Gumball 3000 organisers said: “Shannon and her family attended Gumball in 2014 and the Gumball Foundation are proud to support the charity that made this wish come true.”
Source: dailyrecord