The charity recently received a funding application from a young teenager who needed help funding his Karting passion. As Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw is a small grant giving charity, we were able to help him with a new set of tyres for his kart.
We asked the teen to tell us a bit about himself and this is what he said:
"After 1.5 years of indoor karting and getting as far as is possible, I have moved to outdoor karting. In December I broke the all-time track record on the short track at Teamsport Sheffield and again in January. I am part of Team Valley Karting, competing in the British Schools Indoor Karting Championships 2022. Outdoors I will be competing in the Fullbeck Sprint series 2022 and The Motorsport UK (MSUK) X30 challenge 2022, my first race being 20th February. As part of Karting, I have to learn how to look after my kart, make trackside repairs, analyse data from the on-board computer, make adjustments, learn about fitness, driving and how to improve and move forward in the sport.
I will be looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help with the costs of consumables. I have run 2 car wash days, 1 to fund my ARKs licence and another which will help towards consumables.
I have type 1 diabetes and this sport has helped my confidence and fitness. I have had to supply a letter from my consultant that states information to allow Motorsport UK to make the decision on whether I am fit to take my ARKS test. I realise that things are harder for me as I have to make sure I stay medically fit generally and on a daily basis look after my blood sugar levels. I have to work hard at overcoming any obstacles put in my way but I am up for any challenges!!"
I'm sure you'll agree this young man is truly remarkable and we wish him well with his future endeavours.
To see him in action, please click the You Tube link below: