Norfolk racing team supports young cancer patients

A local socially conscious motor sport company will raise the profile of a cancer charity when it begins racing in the spring.

TJ Motorsport driver Sennan Fielding will whizz around Britain's premier circuits this season while spreading the word about the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 15-year-old's two-seater G20 sports car will be covered with logos for the charity thanks to the sponsorship of Ginetta cars. Sennan was signed up by TJ Motorsport, based in Besthorpe, after winning a scholarship programme.

His car will be the only one with the charity's livery when the Ginetta Junior Championship begins in April as a support series to the British Touring Car Championships.

Marjorie Griffiths, who has been running TJ Motorsport for 13 years, said this was the third year the livery had been featured on the car with more than �2,000 raised over the previous two years.

'We're really happy to have it on the car to help raise awareness,' she said. 'It's a big learning curve for us because we will have patients from the Teenage Cancer Trust who will be guests for the weekend and that's quite a roller-coaster ride.

'With our kids, when they're driving their cars, it's such a lovely lifestyle they've got and then the Teenage Cancer Trust come in and it's quite an eye-opener.'

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The Teenage Cancer Trust supports youngsters suffering from cancer and educates and raises funds. Currently, it is hoping to build a new �2m 11-bed unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, to treat young cancer patients from across East Anglia.

Ms Griffiths added: 'We've been lucky because local people are getting to know the car, and as we've got involved we've found out more and more about what the charity does.

'We won the championship last year so we've got a lot to stand up for but we've got two new drivers so it's going to be quite a start.'

The Ginetta Junior Championship is seen as the first stepping stone for potential F1 and touring car champions.

To support TJ Motorsport's Teenage Cancer Trust campaign, call 01953 788305 or 07802 268435. For more information, visit the charity's website at www.teenagecancertrust.org.

rebecca.gough@archant.co.uk