Silverstone's 60 year celebrations help raise 5,500 GBP in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
To mark the 60th anniversary of Silverstone at this year's British Grand Prix, the circuit teamed up with global apparel manufacturer, Alpinestars* to design a celebratory T-shirt and to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK**. 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 photocall with wish-child William Hine, who visited the F1 Paddock on the Saturday of the British Grand Prix. The exclusive T-shirt was then whisked away to be signed by all the current Formula 1 drivers and a number of F1 personalities at the 2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX. The signed t-shirt was then presented to Make-A-Wish for auction at the charity's annual Summer Ball which took place at Blenheim Palace on 12 July and raised an amazing 5,500 GBP.
Neil Jones, CEO of Make-A-Wish, said, "We are extremely grateful to Silverstone and the Honda Racing F1 Team for choosing Make-A-Wish to benefit from this unique opportunity. The money raised from the auction of the t-shirt will help grant a magical wish for a very deserving child living with a life-threatening illness."
Jenson Button and Tamara Ecclestone were the first to sign the '60 years of Silverstone' t-shirt.
** "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.