Breast Cancer Care: Target Achieved
In July 2017, we joined forces with Breast Cancer Care and together set the ambitious target of raising £250,000 for the charity.
We entered a unique partnership aimed at raising awareness of the disease via the global platform of Formula 1 for the very first time.
Tackling this objective with the same passion that drives us out on track, we embarked on our fundraising trail with the aim of not only meeting this target but ultimately exceeding it – taking advantage of that ‘above and beyond’ mentality that lies at the very heart of the team.
Together, we immediately hit the ground running – holding a charity auction during our home Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone and raising over £18,000 at the first available opportunity.
Shortly afterwards, Europe’s leading water technology company, BWT, joined the fight by turning the F1 paddock pink in Austin, donating $150,000 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month - of which $75,000 was donated to our fundraising efforts. Further auctions with our memorabilia partner Memento and a very memorable Christmas jumper and bake sale day at our team HQ edged us closer to our goal by the close of the year.
As the calendar ticked over into 2018, we followed the ‘new year, new me’ motion, with members of the Racing Point family giving up some of their vices for lent. From takeaways to tea, stupidity to swearing, we raised another £1,000 in the process.
In the name of love and remembrance, former team member Dean Walsh also pushed his own physical boundaries over the year and, to mark 20 years since the passing away of his mother from cancer, competed in 20 gruelling events including three marathons in the name of Breast Cancer Care.
While Dean raised over £11,000 with his various sporting challenges, Sporting Director Andy Stevenson also pushed himself to the limit in the name of charity – running both the London and the New Forest Marathons to raise over £20,000.
After smashing our fundraising target for 2018, raising another £40,000 over the weekend of the British Grand Prix alone, we entered 2019 with fresh enthusiasm once again – and some new partners to boot, as SportPesa joined the cause.
Through the formidable support of our team-mates, partners and the wider Racing Point community, we’re delighted and proud to reveal that we’ve now beaten our target and raised £262,000 for people affected by breast cancer as the partnership comes to an end this year.
The money raised through this unique partnership will go the distance by funding Breast Cancer Care’s world-class research, providing life-changing support today and, ultimately, hope for tomorrow.
It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside the wonderful, passionate and dedicated folk at Breast Cancer Care – and they’ve gained some lifelong supporters amongst the team along the way. Keep fighting the good fight, guys!