Hamilton lends his support to the Variety Club

Lewis Hamilton has given his support to a special racing experience, organised by children’s charity The Variety Club, for eight lucky pupils at Brands Hatch next week.

The Arbour Vale School pupils will be driven around the prestigious track by Britcar Endurance ace Henry Firman, thanks to a joint initiative between The Variety Club and Britcar team 911virgin.

Hamilton, who played Scalextric with children from Great Ormond Street Hospital last week to mark Santander’s on-going relationship with the Hospital, has lent his support to the day:

“Racing round Brands Hatch will be a real out-of-classroom occasion for these pupils,” the F1 star explained.

“Thanks to the Variety Club, days out like these enable disadvantaged and disabled children to experience a wide range of entertaining trips outside of the school gates.”

“A big thank you to Sharron and Henry Firman (the 911virgin team) for getting these kids on track to enjoy a great day out.”

Arbour Vale School Head Teacher Gail Burton said that the pupils couldn’t wait to go racing around the circuit: “The pupils are very much looking forward to this experience.”

“In the weeks building up to the big day, 911 Virgin even came to the school to adapt the cars to meet the requirements of the children. We already have a Sunshine Coach from Variety Club and their support has proved invaluable over the years.”

The Variety Club Children’s Charity in the UK was established in 1949 and has helped more than one million children, 450 schools for disabled children, 500 youth clubs and 35 hospitals.