Daniel LloydPorsche Carrera Cup GB Championship racer Daniel Lloyd has nominated the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in his home town of Huddersfield as his chosen charity for 2012, with the centre-piece of his fundraising effort being involvement in the gruelling Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday, 13th May.

The 19-year-old, who lives in nearby Scammonden, has long been a supporter of charity through his motor racing. For his maiden season in the highly prestigious Porsche championship, not only will Daniel donate a percentage of any prize money to the hospice he will also provide VIP hospitality passes for the team at the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to utilise in fundraising prize auctions.

Furthermore, in addition to the 13-mile Leeds Half Marathon in May the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar will undertake a range of other fundraising efforts throughout 2012 – all aimed, of course, at securing as much money as possible to donate to such an amazingly worthwhile cause.

“It’s really exciting to be involved with a charity like Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, especially a charity that’s growing all the time and making such an incredible difference in the community”, said Daniel, “When you see what some children and their families have to go through, it makes you realise how lucky you are and it really puts life into perspective.

“We’ve got a lot of things planned to try and raise as much as we can through the year, from the charity auctioning-off passes to some of my races to me running the Leeds Half Marathon. I’ll have to adapt my training programme to get used to the longer distance but I’m really looking forward to it!”

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children and their families where the youngsters are suffering from life-limiting conditions and illnesses. For the past year the charity has been providing a ‘Hospice at Home’ service working with more than 30 families in and around the Huddersfield area.

Due to open later this year though is the recently constructed, purpose-built hospice situated in Huddersfield. Once equipped and fully furnished, the hospice intends to support as many children and families as possible.

Only four percent of the £2.5 million operational budget required to run the hospice each and every year comes from central government, meaning the fundraising task facing the staff and hardworking volunteers is nothing short of monumental.

“Having the fantastic support of Daniel is a big, big help and we’re delighted he’s chosen to partner us for the year ahead”, said Kate Goldring, Partnership Development Manager of FMNCH, “He’s a role model for a lot of young people in the local area which is going to be fantastic to help raise awareness of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and to try and get more and more people supporting us.

“Neil (Lloyd), Daniel’s dad, got in touch with us and then they both came to have a meeting. It’s a really powerful thing when people come to see the hospice, what we aim to do is make things about life, laughter and enjoyment for the children and their families. Daniel’s support is fantastic for us.”

Further good news for the hospice comes from the Lloyd family business, Huddersfield-based Propack, which has also named Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as its chosen charity for 2012. More regarding the charity, and how to become a supporter, is available at www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk

Regarding Daniel’s 2012 motor racing campaign, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship will get underway at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent over the weekend 31st March/1st April. Running as a key support category to the British Touring Car Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup GB is expected to enjoy live raceday television coverage on ITV4 and a highlights package also on the ITV network.

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