GT Marques boss Paul Mace is supporting the Young Hearts Charity through his Pro-Am 2 campaign in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, one of the support races to the hugely popular British Touring Car Championship.
Mace is only competing in selected events alongside the sister car of team leader Alex Martin.
The charity is very significant to the Mace family who are from Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire, as the family's second son, Luke, needed heart surgery when he was a few days old. Luke is now a healthy three year old but the experience left Mace wanted to help and support the fund raising work of the charity. Mace ran at Thruxton with the new livery, but was ruled out of the opening race after an incident put him out. Mace said: “I’m helping to raise awareness of the charity through my racing this season.”
Young Hearts is run by volunteers. It was set up by the parents of heart children to offer help and support heart children and their families. The charity is centred on the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital in Oxford provides advice, support and information as well as providing funds to purchase equipment and arrange social events for families of heart children.
Heart disease affects one in a hundred children and is the most common abnormality. Some Children could be lucky and never require an operation; some may need one while others may need several operations.
For more information on young hearts: www.younghearts.co.uk