December 9th

Armed forces enjoy Troops Day at Donington Park

Over 80 serving, veteran and injured military personnel and their families were present at Donington Park’s annual Troops Day on Friday (9 December), enjoying a number of activities across the venue in an event organised by Donington Park with support from Mission Motorsport and Motorsport Endeavour.

The event, now in its fifth year, allowed beneficiaries to enjoy time on track at the wheel of a number of cars, as well as drifting experiences, off road driving on Donington’s All Terrain course, skid training, tours of the Donington Collections museum and more.

Mission Motorsport founder James Cameron commented: “It’s been a brilliant day for the guys from start to finish.

“Days like this for guys in recovery are fantastic, especially for those who otherwise may struggle to go and ask for help in a conventional way. The fact that we are able to lay on such a varied amount of activity at one venue has attracted a large amount of people both from a wide geographic area but also from a wide variety of interest too.

“There’s been a wide mix of people here and the Army, Navy, Air Force and Royal Marines have all been represented. It’s been great to see families and spouses as well because you don’t necessarily need to have been the one who went to Afghanistan or somewhere like that to have been affected by what happened there. The families are put through a lot as well and they’ve come along today in order to have a bit of fun aided by the attraction of getting to do something that’s quite exciting.

“Sport is an incredible thing, its restorative and healing. On a simple level it can transport you away from your problems as you distract yourself, and it’s also an adrenalin rush coming to a place like Donington, and that often can be something that’s lacking from people’s lives once they leave the military.

“When you do leave the forces, it can be a real wrench but I think particularly for those who are leaving early for reasons outside their control whether that’s through trauma or traumatic injury it can feel particularly daunting. Things like today get round some of that and today is a fantastic recovery event which is eloquently and beautifully dressed up and disguised as messing around in cars on one of the finest circuits in the UK!”

Donington Park Circuit Manager Rob Patterson commented: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome members of our armed forces to Donington Park, and we are delighted to say that we had our biggest turn out of troops today. They’ve been able to enjoy more activity time than ever before, and have also been able to visit and use other parts of the Park compared to previous years. We look forward to welcoming them again next year!”

Donington Park would like to extend thanks to the following who have assisted with the day:

Colin Passant and Driving Gift Limited for providing supercars
Learn to Drift Limited for providing drifting experiences
Garry Rankin of GR Events Limited for providing furniture for the day
Jay Coates and Wicked Adventures for providing the 4x4 experiences
Bob Dawson and AWS for hire of audio equipment
Mackenzie Arnold Security for use of a minibus for providing cars and assistance
D and J Catering
D and S Events

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