Autosport International, Europe's largest motorsport show, is helping children's charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) UK, grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Autosport International, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will welcome F1 World Champion and charity patron Jenson Button to the show on 14-17 January at the NEC in Birmingham. The show has partnered with the charity and will help raise funds to support its important work. With over 20,000 children in the UK living with a life-threatening illness at any one time, the charity's work is never ending.

This year, around 1,000 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their special wish granted. Having a wish come true can provide memories for the whole family that will last a lifetime, whether the child's wish is to be a princess or a racing driver for a day, meet a favourite celebrity or just enjoy some special time away from home with their family.

Neil Jones, Chief Executive of Make-A-Wish said, "Make-A-Wish is absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner of Autosport International. Our wishes are all about thrills, excitement and magic; something I'm sure visitors to the show will be able to relate to. We believe a wish can transform a child's life and are constantly seeking support to continue granting wishes to some of the most deserving children imaginable. I would like to say a huge thank you to Autosport International and its visitors for all their kind support."

Autosport International Show Director, Ian France, commented, "Make-A-Wish is an incredible charity. We are honoured to support it in 2010 and look forward to helping raise money and awareness through the show."

Make-A-Wish receives no government funding or lottery grants, relying on the generous donations of the public, and that's why every donation really counts. If you would like more information, please visit or telephone: 01276 40 50 80.

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