Chris Aylett, CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) welcomes new relationships with the Grand Prix Trust and the BRDC Motor Sport Charity which will benefit all employees of MIA members, saying…
“No one really knows what’s around the corner, sometimes we all need a little help. Hundreds of benevolent funds, across the UK, provide financial and emotional support as well as practical help to people during such difficult times but just two are focussed specifically on our motorsport industry and its valuable employees.
Members of the MIA, being passionate about our industry, our unique community and our rewarding work, I’m sure believe everyone deserves a helping hand when they need it most and we are committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable people from the motorsport industry.
I’m delighted we have created a link for MIA members with both the Grand Prix Trust and the BRDC Motorsport Charity so any of their employees, past or present, who run into personal difficulties can turn to either or both of these, in confidence, to find the help they need. Each has long-established connections across motorsport and, over the years, have helped many motorsport people. MIA members can now add the reassuring benefit of the support available from these two excellent charities to their terms of employment.
MIA members should suggest to any past or present employee, whom they feel needs help at any time, to reach out to either of these caring organisations to discuss their problems to discover and secure the help needed. We intend for the MIA to support each charity as and when we can.”
Martin Brundle, Chairman of Trustees of the Grand Prix Trust said...
“It’s a very important step to align the Grand Prix Trust (GPT) with the Motorsport Industry Association.
As Formula One approaches 70 years of age, we have a clarity of purpose at the GPT which is to help both the pioneers and stalwarts of our great sporting championship, as well as all those actively engaged today, who find themselves in genuine difficulties for whatever reason including social interaction.
It’s easy to think F1 is awash with money but more than 150 teams have disappeared over time and furthermore pensions, healthcare, adequate insurance and active HR departments are a relatively recent development in F1.
The Grand Prix Trust - see www.grandprixtrust.com
- is well aligned with current F1 teams and the FIA and FOM. However, many people who we may be able to help (with advice, signposting and financial contributions as required) are likely to be scattered, far and wide, across the F1 supply chain and in F1-related classic motorsport.
For these reasons, I’m absolutely delighted the MIA and its members have agreed to align with the GPT to help us seek and find more people in their time of need, who have been employed for more than two years, past or present, in F1 or its supply chain. Anyone needing our help has only to call +44 (0) 7487 416 398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
David Richards, CBE , Chair of the BRDC Motor Sport Charity
said “Thank you very much for welcoming the involvement of the BRDC Motor Sport Charity
within the MIA and your members. Over the years, we have assisted a number of people who work for companies some of which are MIA members”.
Founded in 2000, the charity exists to support both BRDC Members and people involved in the motor sport industry in times of need by offering help with information and advice, financial support, assistance with health and emotional wellbeing and practical help.
David continues “ Our Deed allows us to support anyone involved in motorsport, including participants and those that work within the industry, either now or in the past . Anyone seeking assistance should, confidentially, directly contact our facilitator, Jenny Brown, at email@example.com - tel: +44 (0)1902 893407 who discreetly reviews each request before it goes before the Trustees”.
The object of the charity is the relief of need by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability or financial hardship, for the public benefit amongst persons involved in the participation, promotion or administration of motorsport, whether or not for remuneration, and their families and dependants. It also extends this support to eligible people living overseas.
This definition includes, but is not limited to, those involved in the design, construction, testing, repair and supply of parts for vehicles intended for competition use as well as competitors, marshals, officers and employees at motorsport venues. For full information see http://www.brdc.co.uk/BRDC-Motor-Sport-Charity.