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Sam Randon, Michelin Clio Cup Racing Driver, providing experiences for Me & Dee

Sam Randon

A YOUNG motorsport fan with cerebral palsy saw his high-octane dreams come true when the racing community put pedal to floor to provide the perfect petrol-fuelled weekend.

Jack Tissington was given the inside track after Derbyshire-based Sam Randon Racing joined forces with sponsor The Greenbank Group and local charity Me&Dee.

Maria Hanson, who founded the charity that provides special experiences for those with life-threatening conditions, put the 17-year-old’s name forward after winning paddock tickets at a dinner to mark Greenbank’s 60th Anniversary.

It was then full speed ahead to watch Sam Randon compete in rounds 9 and 10 of the Michelin Clio Cup Series at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

When he heard about the special visitor, Simon North of Grovewood Sports, promoter of the Michelin Clio Cup Series, immediately donated more tickets to enable the youngster’s whole family to attend.

As a result Jack spent two days in the hospitality section of the 20Ten Racing awning, having full access to the race paddock where the cars are worked on. He was also given a tour of the facilities by Ashbourne-based Sam, whilst photos of his visit were donated by AS Autosport Photography.

Jack was also presented with a sports jacket, donated by Renault UK and Grovewood Sports, and given a look round the Formula Renault team garage by SWB Motorsport. Evolve Automotive, meanwhile, provided charity car stickers.

“We were all treated like royalty,” revealed Jack’s mum Lesley Tissington. “As Jack is having multiple health issues at present it was nice to put the everyday stresses, strains and worries to the backs of our minds. Every single person treated Jack as an individual young man, not as someone disabled in a wheelchair.”

Charles Conroy, the Managing Director of Woodville-based Greenbank, said the specialist engineering firm was delighted to be able to help provide such an unforgettable experience for the brave youngster.

“In addition to sponsoring Sam, we’ve adopted Me & Dee as our charity of the year and it was fantastic to see them coming together to provide such a memorable experience for a very special young man.”

Maria Hanson commented: "This weekend means so much and, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all that’s been done in support of my charity and the family.”

Sam Randon’s father and manager, Neil, added: “It was humbling to host Jack and his family for the weekend. Despite his obvious health issues, Jack smiled all day and his thumb seemed glued in a thumbs-up position, his way of letting us know he approved. An inspirational family, Sam and I were happy to help.”

* credit AS Autosport Photography for photos.

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