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EXCELR8 PARTNERS WITH PARKINSON’S UK FOR 2024 SEASON

EXCELR8 PARTNERS WITH PARKINSON’S UK FOR 2024 SEASON

EXCELR8 can today announce a new partnership with Parkinson’s UK for the 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season.

The partnership will see the title-winning team, work with the charity to help raise awareness of the condition at each of the remaining rounds on the BTCC schedule, with Parkinson’s UK having a presence trackside at all nine events due to be held between now and October.

EXCELR8 was introduced to Parkinson’s UK through reigning MINI CHALLENGE champion – and current BTCC Reserve Driver – Dan Zelos, after the diagnosis of someone close to him saw him throw his support behind the charity and its work.

Having seen Dan’s desire to do what he could to help, EXCELR8 has stepped up to try and spread the word to an even wider audience through its four-car BTCC programme, which runs this season under the Team Bristol Street Motors name.

As part of the drive to raise awareness, EXCELR8 will replace the grid girls, who have traditionally taken their place on the grid before each race, with either representatives from the charity, or carers and people living with the condition who have benefitted from the support of Parkinson’s UK in the past.

Fans attending events will be able to show their support for the Charity by scanning special QR codes which will be adorned by the representatives on their t-shirts and jackets on the grid, and also displayed on TV screens and iPad stands in the Bristol Street Motors Fan Zone.

Those screens will allow fans to enter a raffle to win various prizes, whilst there will also be the option to make a donation, with funds going towards research into various treatments in the quest to find a cure.

Tom Ingram, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said:
“We are so grateful to Dan and the EXCELR8 team for choosing to partner with Parkinson’s UK. With more than 40 potential symptoms, Parkinson’s can devastate lives. We’ve made huge breakthroughs in the last 50 years, but there is still no cure and current treatments are not good enough.

“By working with both Dan and the wider EXCELR8 family, we can help change this. The funds and awareness they will raise can help drive forward groundbreaking research and support those living with this condition daily. Without their generosity, our work would not be possible, and we are really excited about what we can achieve together over the coming season.”

Justina Williams, EXCELR8 Team Owner, said:
“When we saw what Dan was doing with Parkinson’s UK, in support of a close family member, we enquired to see what we could do to help and we’re delighted to now confirm our own partnership with the Charity for the 2024 season.

“Having welcomed members of the Parkinson’s UK team to Donington Park for the opening round, we’ve already heard stories from people within the paddock who have been affected by the condition. It shows how Parkinson’s is more widespread than many of us realise, and we look forward to working with the Charity to spread the word about the fantastic work they do to help those who are affected by the condition.

“There are a number of ways in which we plan to work with the Charity to raise funds over the remainder of the year, and with the support of the amazing BTCC fans, we can hopefully help to make a difference.”

 

For more information on Parkinson’s UK, please contact: Claudia Christie, Senior Media and PR Officer on cchristie@parkinsons.org.uk or 0207 963 9379

About Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK:
Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet. Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Around 153,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s UK is here for everyone affected by the condition; funding research into the most promising treatments, taking us closer to a cure every day and fighting for fair treatment and better services.

Further information, advice and support is available by visiting www.parkinsons.org.uk or via a free, confidential, helpline on 0808 800 0303.

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