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Team BRIT calls on motorsport industry to support disaster response charity
An all-disabled racing team has pledged its support for a major disaster response charity and is calling on the motorsport industry to do the same …
Team BRIT is offering help to national charity, Team Rubicon UK as it works to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Rubicon UK offers voluntary services, expertise and resources to people and areas affected by disaster, with many of its team members being highly skilled ex-military personnel.
As you may have read here, Team Rubicon UK has launched Op RE:ACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working alongside the UK Government, British Armed Forces and the UK voluntary and community sector to set up a national cell to organise and coordinate volunteers. Founder of Team BRIT, Dave Player, an ex-Army Royal Engineer, saw the work Team Rubicon UK is undertaking and immediately got in touch to see how the team could help.
Team BRIT, which has many military connections, aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport. Dave has offered Team Rubicon UK access to transport, vehicles and mechanics to support its work, and a Team BRIT van (pictured above) was used by the charity over the Easter bank holiday weekend to distribute food around London on behalf of the British Red Cross.
Dave and the team are now introducing Team Rubicon UK to contacts across the motorsport industry, in the hope that Team Rubicon UK can form a database of volunteers offering manpower, transport, expertise and vehicles.
Says Team Rubicon UK CEO Rich Sharp, a former Royal Marine Commando, ‘We’re delighted to link up with Team BRIT. Without them this would not have been possible. It’s this kind of collaboration that is so important in helping vulnerable communities during this crisis.’
Dave Player adds, ‘We’ve been so keen to offer our support to the response efforts under way as we fight this pandemic. As soon as I saw news of Team Rubicon UK’s work, I knew this was how we could make an impact. With racing teams and crews stood down all over the country as racing is on hold, there is so much the motorsport industry can offer, so it’s only right that we play our part.
‘It was great to see our van out being used. It’s just a small contribution but will help in the efforts we should all be making to fight this crisis. Team Rubicon UK has the support of Team BRIT for as long it’s needed.’
Team Rubicon UK is also encouraging individuals with military backgrounds to sign up as volunteers. More than 3,000 people have already joined its database and will in due course be called upon to support communities in areas throughout the UK. Any one keen to get involved (teams or individuals) should click here to sign up.
To find out more about Team BRIT, click here
About Team BRIT
Team BRIT is a branch of the charity KartForce, set up to inspire people with disabilities, PTSD and mental health issues by demonstrating what can be achieved through motorsport. It aims to show injured military personnel and people with disabilities that they can achieve what they never thought possible, that they can compete at the highest level, and to equip them with a wide range of personal and professional skills through understanding the business of motorsport.
Main photo: Team Rubicon UK volunteers with the Team BRIT van, used over the Easter bank holiday weekend; on the left is volunteer Alex Eslick and on the right Team Rubicon UK volunteer team leader, Ed Treliving
Image courtesy Team Rubicon UK
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