The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) sent the pulses of two beneficiaries racing on Saturday 11th July 2015, fulfilling their cherished ambitions of meeting Formula One heroes Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
|“William was SO high when we got home I didn’t get him to sleep until nearly 1am!”
Katie Arnott (mum) to beneficiary William“What an epic day!”
Muscle Dream beneficiary Cory August
“We all had the most amazing day and one we won’t forget. WOW WOW WOW is all I can say; we are still buzzing!”
The charity has recently been adopted as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team’s official charity partner for the next 18 months and was invited to the company’s family day held at the Sywell Aerodrome (Northants).
Mercedes helicoptered in Lewis and Nico for the event, fresh from their triumph at the British Grand Prix, and MHF beneficiaries Cory August and William Arnott together with their families were granted a private audience with the superstar drivers.
As part of this unique Muscle Dream experience, the pair also had the privilege of meeting British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss (pictured below with William and Cory), who regaled the group with stories of his formative years having learned his craft alongside Juan Manuel Fangio at Mercedes-Benz in 1955. After Fangio retired, Moss took over the mantle of the best driver in the world winning 16 Grand Prix races.
But it was Lewis Hamilton (pictured below) who proved to be the star attraction. Will could be seen mouthing “oh my God” when the World Champion entered the designated green room, warmly greeting the two Muscle Dream beneficiaries.
Cory (pictured below) wasted no time in getting to know Lewis, asking the F1 hero about his greatest go-kart race. Winning a race from behind always proved memorable came the reply, with Lewis recounting one race where he went from fourth to first in one corner. “It was one the greatest feelings.” he said.
Will asked why Lewis chose the number 44 for his car. “It was on the number plate of my Dad’s old car,” Lewis smiled, adding that it had indeed bought him good fortune.
Lewis and Nico were also invited by MHF’s CEO Michael McGrath to strike the charity’s signature Muscle Warrior salute for the cameras and the British champion even donned one of our famously distinctive burgundy T-shirts. The salute is a visible symbol of hope, courage, strength and unity for all those with muscular dystrophy across the country.
At the end of the meeting, Cory and Will were presented with a raft of signed goodies, and thanks to the fabulous team at Mercedes, an authenticated part of a F1 car was revealed and presented together with certificates indicating where and when the part was on the track.
Cory, Will and their families were also able to enjoy the rest of the Mercedes Family Day at Sywell, which included a barbeque, funfair and air displays. MHF volunteers manned a display area at the event and nearly £400 was raised in cash donations from the event.
|“Thank you so much for Saturday, I won’t forget it”
Muscle Dream beneficiary Cory August“Thank you all so much for the most fantastic memorable day. I know me, Jason and especially Cory will never ever forget today. We have taken away some wonderful memories and Cory has some wonderful gifts. The part of the car and signed photos really were the icing on a very large cake. Thank you so much again xx”
Nicole August (mum)
“Still on cloud nine after meeting Sir Stirling Moss, Nico Rosberg and the amazing Lewis Hamilton. I have to say what genuine lovely guys they are. Cory got some great gifts one being part of a Formula 1 car!!!! Fab day!”
Michael McGrath said: “It was a magical experience for both Cory and William to meet Lewis, Nico and the legend that is Sir Stirling Moss. A colossal ‘P1’ Muscle Warrior salute to MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 and those individuals in the business that quietly behind the scenes made it all possible. MHF hopes that this will be the start of an amazing partnership that changes lives and gives hope to many more children and young people with muscular dystrophy – watch this space!”
|“An amazing day! William will dine out it for years to come; and his mum quite enjoyed it too!”
Katie Arnott (mum)“Thanks everyone. William and I had had an amazing day; met Sir Stirling Moss, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton … pinch me!”
Katie Arnott (mum)