After a brief break, I am now looking to combine two of my great passions; karting and fundraising.
There are a couple of races that have caught my eye in the next six months, both raising money for injured personnel from the armed forces. I will go into a bit more detail of the races and the charities below.
The first race is a three hour endurance race on December 6th, at Capital Karts in London (the longest indoor track in the UK).
This race has been organised by the former F1 driver Johnny Herbert, who will also be taking part with some legends of motorsport. Every year the Johnny Herbert Karting Challenge raises money for charities chosen by Johnny himself; this years charity is Kart Force (http://www.kartforce.org/about-kartforce/) of which he is a patron alongside former F1 world champion, Damon Hill.
Kart Force is a charity which supports injured members of the armed forces and enables them to take part in kart races and championships around the world. This support includes modifying karts to be used by innovative hand controls along with financial support to assist with their racing careers.
The second race on my list was mentioned in my blog last year after my sister-in-law shared a link with me on Facebook. The race is yet again another three hour team endurance, planned for May 7th 2016, but this time karting outdoors at Buckmore Park. The Karting for Heroes race (http://www.kartingforheroes.com/about-the-event/), unsurprisingly, fundraises for the Help for Heroes charity, which is very well-known for providing practical support directly to ex-service personnel and their families.
Just to give an idea of the scale of the valuable work that Help the Heroes do, in the past year, the charity has supported over 4000 veterans and their families in a variety of different ways,
Now, where my blog readers (you!) come in to help. These races “cost” a lot to enter (between £120 and £150 per driver) and, whilst I will be making a significant contribution to the entrance fees (which does go to the charity minus the operating costs), I cannot afford to pay for these fees in their entirety (I have no sponsors unlike some other karters and fund all of my karting and racing through my “day-job”).
If you would like to donate to these charities, whilst allowing me to compete against motorsport legends at the same time, please come to see me around the track or at work and donate. Any money that is raised over the “donation” to take part in these races will be split equally between the two charities.
Also, if you would like to take part alongside me in the Karting for Heroes race in May 2016, please let me know in the comments below, or on my Facebook page and I will try to make this a reality for a couple of you!
EDIT: If you would like to contact me privately, please send me a message through my Facebook page.