Formula Ford have announced a new association between the national single-seater championship and leading type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.
All the competitors in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain are to carry JDRF decals, in a bid to raise awareness of the condition.
The campaign has particular resonance for first year Formula Ford racer Andrew Richardson, the 21 year old having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago.
“Suffering with type 1 diabetes hasn’t prevented me from pursuing my racing career,” said Andy, “but it has thrown up extra challenges that I have worked to overcome. When I was diagnosed, I was old enough to be able to understand and deal with those challenges, but that isn’t the case for a lot of younger people who suffer difficulties in their lives because of type 1.
“The work that JDRF carries out to try to find a cure for type 1 is fantastic, and I’m pleased that both myself and my rivals on track will be promoting that work throughout the year.”
JDRF has been working with Ford for more than 30 years as a global charity partner.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this backing from Formula Ford teams and competitors,” added Karen Addington, CEO of JDRF. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to them all. This valuable support will boost our mission to better treat, prevent and eventually cure type 1 diabetes.”