01 June 2012, Grove, UK. Williams F1 presented the Spinal Injuries Association with a charitable donation of £5,750 following fundraising success by the Williams F1 karting team.
Each year the Williams F1 karting team takes to the track to compete in the Deeping Round Table Formula One Charity Kart Race, with the prize money it receives donated to the SIA. The team has an enviable record in the event, winning a record breaking five times between 2006 and 2010. Whilst it did not take the chequered flag in 2011, Williams finished a credible second place and in the process raised vital funds for its chosen charity.
Following on from his car accident in 1986, Williams F1 Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams received invaluable personal support from the SIA. Williams F1 subsequently made the SIA its’ official charity, and continues to offer support to many of the charity’s other fundraising activities.
Paul Smith, Chief Executive of the Spinal Injuries Association, commented, ‘’We’re extremely grateful to Williams F1 for their continued support. Sir Frank Williams is an inspiration to many of our members and we’re delighted that our relationship continues to develop. I had the chance to personally thank the Williams F1 karting team last week for their efforts which are deeply appreciated.’’
Sir Frank Williams added, “As somebody who has a spinal cord injury the SIA and its work are close to my heart. Like many charities the SIA is operated by a group of selfless people who deserve as much support in their efforts as possible. We are proud to have them as our official charity and are delighted to be able to lend our support in this way.’’