Team GBR supports hospice care for kids

A1 Team Great Britain Supporting Demelza House Charity Ball at Brands Hatch London, England (February 14, 2007) -- While A1 Team Great Britain hopes it can end its current A1GP World Cup of Motorsport campaign with a home victory at Brands Hatch...

A1 Team Great Britain Supporting Demelza House Charity Ball at Brands Hatch

London, England (February 14, 2007) -- While A1 Team Great Britain hopes it can end its current A1GP World Cup of Motorsport campaign with a home victory at Brands Hatch on Sunday 29th April, the team is also proud to be supporting the Demelza House Charity Ball to be held at the Kent-based track on Friday 27th April.

Demelza House, a charity providing hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South London, is hosting 'The Flying Finale Charity Ball' in association with A1 Team Great Britain and will have as its guest speaker Team Principal John Surtees -- the only man to win World Championships on two and four wheels. In addition to Surtees' attendance at the event, an A1 Team GBR A1GP car will be on display with other A1GP-related auction prizes up for grabs on the night.

The Ball will be held in a massive marquee on the track side at Brands Hatch and will commence on the Friday evening with a champagne reception. Very much in keeping with the British theme, celebrity chef Brian Turner will be in charge of the kitchen and he and his team will be cooking a magnificent dinner for 500 guests. Brian Turner is creating a special menu for the occasion with as much produce as possible sourced locally. There will be a Q&A session with John Surtees and other legends with dancing to a top band also scheduled.

"Demelza Hospice Care for Children is an amazingly important charity and I am honoured to be Chairman of this event,' stated Lord Spencer Phillips. "I am also both delighted and indebted to A1 Team GBR for their support and backing of this children's charity. I look forward to witnessing success for both The Flying Finale Charity Ball and for A1 Team GBR on the final race weekend -- let's hope it is both a winning formula".

A1 Team Great Britain Team Principal John Surtees knows the importance of the work done by Demelza House and is eager for a strong showing of support at Brands Hatch in April.

"I am sure the event at Brands Hatch can do something special in showing what motorsport can do for good causes such as Demelza House. I sincerely hope that Brands Hatch is a superb finale to the second season of A1GP with exciting racing and perhaps even a British victory for the crowd to celebrate. As a prelude to the on-track excitement I hope that all and sundry give their support to the Demelza House Charity Ball on the Friday night, it truly is a worthy cause and A1 Team Great Britain is extremely proud to be associated with such an amazing charity."

"People often have in mind that the word hospice relates to the not so young but this is unfortunately far from the truth," continued Surtees. "Only recently it was brought home to me, in a very poignant way, the tragic circumstances some youngsters face. I was at the 50th Anniversary of the Mallory Park Circuit and was demonstrating my MV Augusta that I had won World Championships on.

"Chris Meek, the owner of the circuit, had designated a children's hospice as one of the beneficiaries and some of the youngsters were brought down into the paddock where I was able to sit and talk to them and have them photographed with the bike, it all seemed so natural with the excitement and interest that was obviously there. But one was brought sharply down to earth when one was told the expectation of life that some of them had. The important thing was that these families and children had support from the hospice in question and they had had a great day out."

Services currently provided by Demelza include Hospice at home car, Hospice Care, Planned Short Breaks, Emergency Respite, Therapies, Symptom Control, End of Life Car and Bereavement Support. These services are currently provided through Demelza House, an eight bedded hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent and Demelza-James, a hospice at home service operating in East Sussex, West Kent and South London.

Demelza currently cares for approximately 450 children and families across those regions with approximately 300 using the services at Demelza House and 150 using the Demelza-James hospice at home service.

For further details on the Demelza House Charity Ball and ticket information please telephone Sarah Taylor on 01795 845210 or email


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Series A1GP , Charity
Drivers John Surtees