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A disability charity has called for a refreshed look at inclusivity in the sport.
The Disabled Racing Drivers Car Club, a UK charity that pledges to help motoring enthusiasts get involved in the sport they love through experience days, has made the call in advance of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.
Patrick Ward, Vice President of the Disabled Racing Drivers Car Club, says: “Watching and participating in motorsport is one of life’s great joys for so many people – regardless of whether they have a disability or not. Our members are gearing up for another riveting Grand Prix, and we think now’s the perfect time to shine a spotlight on just how diverse the fan base can be.”
The Club provides a friendly environment, allowing its members to get involved with grassroots level motorsport. From watching the cars to competing in races, the Club gives members the assistance they require or request.
Ambassadors for the charity include disabled racing driver Aaron Morgan, classical soprano singer Hayley Moss and driver Phil Armes, who was left paraplegic after an accident.
“Our aim is to start with track days,” says Patrick. “As we get the funding, we’ve set ourselves the goal of getting as many members out on the race track as possible. A lot of our members just enjoy getting involved in the whole operation, helping the backroom staff to the important things that make any motorsport event run smoothly. But we’ve got a much larger vision than that: we want to build a race series for the disabled with their own class.”
Patrick would like the charity to provide support for as many people as possible, and is currently supporting a young boy who needs open heart surgery.
Patrick added: “Jack Ferguson is 14 and has a leaking heart valve. We have taken him under our wing so he can get involved in the sport. We’d also really like to raise the funding for him to get more involved.”
The charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising activities.
For more information contact Patrick Ward on 07880 703568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To get involved with the charity or make a donation, visit http://www.drdcc.org.uk/index.html
been in and around Motorsport for the last 30 years and work withe MSA car clubs on many events Rallying is my background as the sporting car clubs has organized many stage rally's , i am a clerk of the course sporting car clubs present now,but have various roles on the committee.
but i have also sponsors many people and until 2014 i got bitten by a bug and sepsis done a lot of damage to my back and spine and now suffering from a rare lung disease.
And now a sleeping disorder that is a strange thing one minuet you are awake and the next you nod of to sleep and in my case is serious enough i have to wear a mask at night. So this is the reason for the charity and the track days so all can join in as the aim is to build a race series for the disabled so will need lots of funding but my co workers are up for the challenge , like me as now disabled and can see how difficult things are just the simple things putting your sock on as this take me around 10 mins to do were i would not have thought about it. but everything in my life i have to think about if as i ca not drive i am putting on all this fun for others and my aims to drive again. as this work is keeping me from mental health and depretion as i full understand how easy it is to fall down the wrong path.