Since 2006, the Richard Burns Foundation has acted as the charity partner to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, providing the volunteer staffing, logistics and treasury to manage the donations from two of the most august events on the international motorsport calendar. Each year, thanks to the generosity of spectators attending these two events, Goodwood is able to contribute an average of £30,000 to two or more nominated charities.
In consideration for the work the Richard Burns Foundation undertakes as an official fund raising partner, the Foundation is itself from time to time a nominated recipient of these valuable funds, and on the occasion of the 2013 Goodwood press day, it was confirmed that donations raised at the 2013 Goodwood Revival would be allocated to the Richard Burns Foundation.
For the eighth successive year, RBF volunteers will once again be in evidence at the Festival of Speed on the 12-14th July, assisting with the collections and fund-raising for the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, and later in the season, the volunteers will also be present at the Revival.
The generosity of Goodwood and its patrons will provide a significant boost to the Richard Burns Foundation’s plans to acquire and operate the charity’s first Brain Bus in association with the Brain and Spine Foundation. The Brain Bus is a solution to address in part the chronic under-provision of neurological services within the NHS. Only 4% of the 760 acute hospitals in the NHS have a neurological department, while the array and incidence of neuro illness and injury continues to grow alarmingly – from Spina Bifida & Cerebral Palsy in early life to Dementia & Alzheimers in old age.
The RBF Brain Bus, operated in tandem with the Brain & Spine Foundation, will provide a travelling resource of specialist medical practitioners to support patients suffering from neurological illness and injury in Richard’s memory.
Richard’s former partner, Zoe Scott said, “The Richard Burns Foundation’s long-standing association with Goodwood has been built around mutual assistance. The Festival and the Revival provide us with incredible events to maintain our prominence and to report on the good work that the Foundation is doing, and our army of wonderful volunteers ensure that the not-inconsiderable logistics of managing charitable collections at two sizeable events are managed with minimum fuss each year. We are extraordinarily grateful to be nominated as a charitable beneficiary for this year’s Revival and welcome the valuable contribution this will make to our Brain Bus campaign.”
Further information, early stage concepts and visualisations of the Brain Bus will be released prior to the Goodwood Revival.
Source: Richard Burns Fundation