F1 Stars Support 60 Years of Silverstone and Make-A-Wish

Jenson Button and Tamara Ecclestone Celebrate 60 Years of Silverstone in Aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK Synonymous with glamour and style, the British Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the UK sporting calendar. To celebrate the ...

Jenson Button and Tamara Ecclestone Celebrate 60 Years of Silverstone in Aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Synonymous with glamour and style, the British Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the UK sporting calendar. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Silverstone Circuit, and to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK*, a limited edition T-shirt has been designed by global apparel manufacturer, Alpinestars Inc.** The T-shirt was modelled by Make-A-Wish patron and Honda Racing F1 Team driver, Jenson Button, and Sky Sports Italia co-host and presenter, Tamara Ecclestone during a photo call.

Make-A-Wish child and Formula 1 fan William Hine, who was visiting the F1 Paddock for the first time, joined Button and Ecclestone after today's thrilling British Grand Prix Qualifying session. Jenson Button and Tamara Ecclestone model the Alpinestars designed '60 Years of Silverstone' T-Shirt, being auctioned to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation 2008 marks the diamond anniversary of Silverstone and to celebrate the occasion a number of unique events have been taking place throughout the year. E specially for the 2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, the fashion design team at Alpinestars, in collaboration with Silverstone, generously took the time to design a limited edition T-shirt to highlight the momentous 60 years milestone. One of the T-shirts was then whisked away to be signed by current Formula 1 drivers and F1 personalities. It will be presented to Make-A-Wish for auction at the charity's annual Summer Ball, taking place at Blenheim Palace on 12 July.

Honda Racing F1 Team driver, Jenson Button, said, "I've been a patron of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a few years now so I am really pleased to have taken part in this event. The 60th anniversary of Silverstone is a fantastic occasion and I am proud to have been part of the exciting motorsport history at this historic venue. By auctioning the special edition t-shirts which Tamara and I wore today, along with my specially designed helmet from the British Grand Prix, the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be able to make many more kids' dreams come true in the future."

Tamara Ecclestone added, "It is a great privilege to have been asked to support the Make-A- Wish Foundation today. It is a wonderful charity and a worthy cause. I am happy to be able to help in any way that I can."

* "Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) UK grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. Since being established in the UK in 1986, we have granted over 4,800 wishes. Make-A-Wish has no cures to offer and all too often some of our endings are sad but, during desperate times when there seems to be no hope, Make-A-Wish steps in and provides positive and uplifting relief. Most of all, a wish granted brings a time of magic and joy for the special children and families we serve. Make-A-Wish is affiliated to Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) International www.worldwish.org. It is now the largest wish-granting organisation in the world and can be found in more than 30 countries on five continents."

For further information and to contact the charity visit www.make-a-wish.org.

** Alpinestars Inc - Founded in 1963 by Sante Mazzarolo in Asolo, Veneto the company started out making hiking and ski boots, but quickly focused on making boots primarily for motocross racing. In the 1990s, the company branched out into manufacturing all types of protective and technical gear ranging from gloves and jackets to full leather suits. Today they have offices in Los Angeles as well as the original headquarters/factory and main research & development labs in Northern Italy. Alpinestars manufactures protective clothing and accessories for several types of racing (Moto GP, Motocross, Formula 1), as well as extreme sports. The company also produces casual mens and womens sportswear lifestyle apparel for motorsports enthusiasts. The company takes its name from the English translation of the Italian word for "edelweiss" (stelle alpine). When translated into English, stelle alpine literally means Alpine stars.

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Series Charity , Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button
Teams Honda Racing F1 Team