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Stars flock to Burns Foundation stand at Goodwood

Initial estimates suggest that funds raised by RBF's 220 volunteers during the Goodwood Festival of Speed have exceeded the amount achieved in 2009.
The Richard Burns Foundation stand was overrun with stars from motorsport and music during the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.

RBF officials invited several leading names from circuit racing and rallying to take part in a question and answer session hosted by Neil Cole, who is best known for presenting coverage of the World Rally Championship on TV channel Dave.

They were also treated to a surprise visit by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, an ardent motorsport enthusiast and a regular to the Goodwood spectacular, who was accompanying Le Mans racer and son-in-law Marino Franchitti, an old friend of Richard's.

Robert Reid, who co-drove Burns to 10 WRC wins and the world title in 2001, was the first man on stage. As well as recalling some of his memories of competing alongside Burns, Reid appealed for more people to help support the work of the Richard Burns Foundation.

"The aim of the Richard Burns Foundation is to support and inspire people with serious illness and injury," said Reid. "From Richard's perspective it was generally about the inspiration as much as anything, telling people they need to keep going, dig deep and trying to provide the resource to support them to do so."

Initial estimates suggest that funds raised by RBF's 220 volunteers during the Goodwood Festival of Speed have exceeded the amount achieved in 2009. All funds will be donated to the charity Headway Tunbridge Wells and District, which was established to give help and support to people affected by brain injury, both at a local and national level.

John Surtees, the only man to win a world title on two wheels and four, is a supporter of Headway following the loss of his son Henry, who died as a result of head injuries sustained in an accident during a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch last July.

"It's a question of bringing people who have suffered serious injury back into the community so they start to feel supported," said Surtees. "We're supporting a Headway project at local level but there are branches of Headway throughout the country."

Rally stars Ken Block, Tom Cave, Freddy Loix, Markko Martin and Kris Meeke also made appearances on the stage. Martin was a close friend of Richard's and won the inaugural Richard Burns Memorial Rally in September 2008.


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