F1 driver Max Chilton helps raise £115k for The Children's Trust

Former Formula 1 driver and current World Endurance Championship driver, Max Chilton spun into gear at The Supercar Event, Dunsfold Park, at the weekend (20 and 21 June) when he helped raise funds for The Children's Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. max chilton full sizeFour lucky winners from a bidding competition on Sunday were able to enjoy the thrill of a ride with the former-Formula 1 driver in a Nissan GT-R around the famous Top Gear track. Thanks to the generosity of Max Chilton, the rides in a Nissan GT-R raised £2,200. And the event has raised in excess of £115,000, every penny of which will help support children with brain injury. This is the first time Max Chilton has attended The Supercar Event to help raise funds for The Children's Trust. He said: "This event is amazing. It's so rare that so many people can get up close and personal to some of the world's most spectacular cars. It's the whole package at an iconic track. I've had a great awareness of the work of The Children's Trust for several years now, as the charity is based not far from where I live. So it's great to be here today and I hope to be a part of the journey of The Children's Trust for years to come." Nick Alabaster from Essex, one of the auction winners for a car ride with Max, explained why the outing was already a special occasion for him and his son: "Today was a special treat for my son, William. It is the first week since my son, who has had alopecia, has decided to stop wearing his hat. I wouldn't have bid as much money if this hadn't been for charity. It's great to support a worthy cause for children. Max really hammered it. It was brilliant. I wasn't expecting a ride like that!" Dalton Leong, chief executive, The Children's Trust said: "It was a fantastic weekend and we were thrilled that Max Chilton took the time to join us and also, with the turnout of around 20,000 visitors. I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who made the event such a success, raising vital funds for children with brain injury." Other celebrities spotted at the event included the charity's Ambassadors, Phil Tufnell, Nicholas Owen and paralympian Sophia Warner, together with tv auctioneer Thomas Plant and golfer Ross McGowan. Craig Phillips and Jason Holman also hosted the event.

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