As many of you who visit this blog regularly will know, I am a massive Formula One fan. It started when I was young, and my father took me to Silverstone the very first time. I was fascinated by the cars, the speed and the hard-fought competition the motorsport embroiled all those involved in. Since then, my love for Formula One has come a long way. Some of my best friends, such as Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell, are the biggest stars of Formula One today. Time and again they have helped me, supported me and, most importantly, helped me make a difference.

Rod Bond, Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell

Together with Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell, I have had the honour to serve numerous charities and causes. Last year, we led a massive fundraising weekend in Manchester which raised millions of pounds for a range of charitable causes. Since then, we also organised the sponsored Manchester half marathon, in which thousands of people participated. The Formula One lads were great, and we ended up raising millions for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone was also kind enough to make an appearance in the half marathon, firing the starter’s pistol.

Silverstone Grands Prix Donation

This year, after my battle with coronavirus, I was eager to help make a stand against the killer virus. I was thinking of how best to make an impact when I came to know of the difficulties the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Formula One bosses were facing to organise two grands prix at Silverstone. I sought the advice of friends and family, which culminated in the announcement for the donation I made from Deansgreen Hall.