Introducing Our Latest Partner, Speedworks
Ian Ebden ·
Kirsty Club Patron
Front-running Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) outfit Speedworks Motorsport has demonstrated its charitable side by teaming up with north-west organisation The Kirsty Club to help raise vital funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice and Lodge in Manchester.
“We’re delighted to have made The Kirsty Club our nominated charity for 2016,” affirmed Amy Dick, Team Manager of the Northwich, Cheshire-based outfit, which will this season field a Toyota Avensis for Tom Ingram and a Honda Civic Type R for newcomer Matt Simpson in the ITV4 live-televised, all-action BTCC.
“As a local organisation that provides such crucial care to children with short life expectancy, I think it’s fair to say that The Kirsty Club tugs at all of our heart strings and is a fitting tribute to a truly incredible young woman. We are keen to do as much as we can to help Francis House to continue with its wonderful work, and we will be running a series of fundraising activities over the course of the campaign, with a particular focus on our home round at Oulton Park in June – so watch this space!”
Since being opened by Diana, Princess of Wales back in 1991, Francis House Children’s Hospice has received high-profile backing from the likes of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, actresses Sue Johnston and Samia Ghadie and classical singer Russell Watson. The Kirsty Club Director Phil Taylor acknowledges that to now also have Speedworks’ support is a real boon.
“We’re thrilled that one of Britain’s leading motorsport teams has pledged its allegiance to The Kirsty Club,” he enthused. “It’s an absolute honour for our charity to have Speedworks involved, and for us to be associated with such a prestigious and popular championship as the BTCC is phenomenal.
“Francis House is a loving home where the corridors are filled with laughter and the rooms flooded with light, but the inescapable fact is that between them, the House and Lodge cost more than £4 million per year to run, which is both an enormous task and a significant financial burden.
“Children’s hospices don’t tend to receive as much help from central or local government as adult hospices – it’s mostly down to public donations – but through its various initiatives and a tremendous ongoing investment of time, effort and resources, The Kirsty Club raises vital funds towards those day-to-day costs.
“Now, with Speedworks’ assistance and through the medium of the BTCC and its vast fan base, hopefully we can spread our message far and wide and build an even brighter future for the residents of Francis House and Lodge.”