Mission Motorsport, a charity which rebuilds the lives of wounded, injured and sick veterans and service personnel through motorsport, is today celebrating its 5th birthday with a special track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Over the past five years, Mission Motorsport has helped over 850 individuals and will celebrate its achievements. Today’s event brings together Mission Motorsport staff, beneficiaries past and present, sponsors, patrons, and industry partners to celebrate everything that has been achieved and thank everyone who has been involved with the successes of the last five years.
The wounded, injured and sick military community will have the opportunity to get laps of the track in a number of vehicles, as well as the chance to be shown around the Goodwood Aerodrome, and get some sideways action in the Mission Motorsport Mazda MX5s with the Car Control Team.
James Cameron, CEO of Mission Motorsport, said: “Mission Motorsport was set up in 2012 to help with the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations, by providing opportunities through motorsport. Track days, like the celebration at Goodwood, are only one of many opportunities the charity offers to its beneficiaries. Most beneficiaries engage with the charity with the hope of finding a new career after being medically discharged from the military, but for some, a day out of the house at a motorsport related event is all they need.”
Of the 850 who have accessed support from the charity, there have been over 200 Placements, and 88 are now in full-time employment. Partnerships with industry sponsors, such as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and DHL, have proved to be invaluable to the charity. Mission Motorsport works closely with the Military Engagement Schemes within JRL and DHL to help charity beneficiaries find a new career within the automotive industry. The Endeavour Fund is proud to have supported Mission Motorsport and the work it does to help wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
Mission Motorsport beneficiary, Adam Tehan, was medically discharged following damage to his hips. Support from Mission Motorsport has led to Adam starting in a full-time position at Rolls Royce Motor Cars. He said: “Mission Motorsport has also helped me see past my own injuries, and helped me start thinking about what I can do rather than just what I can’t. I owe a massive amount and am grateful every day and take great pleasure in telling people about the work that is done by them.”
Today’s event is also an opportunity to look ahead to Mission Motorsport’s plans for the future.