The 14 members of the British Racing Drivers Club who took part in April’s Virgin London Marathon are still on a high from their exploits. Not only did several of them, including Olly, exceed personal records in terms of running time, but they have also collectively raised £100,000 for the CLIC Sargent charity – more than doubling the original target.
Olly, who spearheaded the team’s involvement in the marathon from start to finish, was the fastest of the BRDC team, setting a personal best time of 2 hours 54 minutes and 20 seconds. He was also deeply involved in the organisation of one of the major fundraising events, a lunch for many motorsport celebrities and supporters which raised £35,000 alone.
By the time the marathon was over, the team had raised £80,000 but the final total was boosted by – among others – a donation from Silverstone Circuits Limited which allowed the magnificent sum of £100,000 to be reached.
“This is tremendous,” said a delighted Oliver. “Thank you so much to the BRDC members, friends, family and supporters of all the runners. We never dreamed we’d reach such an amount, but I think the work that CLIC Sargent does really touched a lot of people and it makes all the effort worthwhile.”
CLIC Sargent is a charity that offers an amazing range of support for children who have cancer and for their families. Their work includes providing specialist nurses to provide care during hospital stays and visits; these nurses can also visit the child’s home to provide some treatments. Other than clinical care, they provide a helpline, family care & support, financial support, holidays, play specialists and services for young children. An important arm of their charity is the vital research that is dedicated to improving survival rates, reducing side effects and minimizing the emotional impact of childhood cancer.