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Motor racing personalities gathered at the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Clubhouse at Silverstone, Northamptonshire recently, to join members of the Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club, together with their friends and families, for the cheque presentations to the four main charities supported during the club’s 50th anniversary year in 2012.

The Chairman, Mrs Leonora Hill, started the proceedings by presenting Mrs Patty McLaren Brickett with a bouquet of spring flowers and announcing her as a new Patron.

Mrs McLaren Brickett thanked everyone and said: “I feel very proud to be a Patron. I was one of the earliest members, a founding vice president and a longterm Chairman and I am delighted to see the club is still flourishing.”

Mrs Patty McLaren Brickett joins supermodel and socialite Jodie Kidd as the Doghouse Patrons.

Mrs Hill explained that the WMRAC celebrity guest, Sir Frank Williams, was unable to present the cheques, as sadly his wife Lady Virginia had passed away and he was attending her funeral, which coincided with the WMRAC event.  However, at the eleventh hour, world sportscar ace, ex F1 driver and long-time Dohouse supporter, David Brabham, kindly stepped in to do the honours. David is the son of three-times F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham. His mother, Betty, was a founder member of the Doghouse and remained actively involved until she returned to Australia.

The £20,000 raised at the 50th anniversary ‘Bling in the Wing’ Dinner and Dance was divided between the four charities and David Brabham presented each one with a cheque for £5,000, to: Action Medical Research, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Headway Northampton and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. He also presented a £500 donation to Tim Parnell, on behalf of Springfield Youth Club.

David Brabham said: “I felt very honoured to present the charity cheques on behalf of the Doghouse Owners’ Club, here at the BRDC. It was a great day. It was terrific to see the charities receive so much money, which is so necessary for their work to continue. I have heard so much about the old days of the Doghouse through my mother Betty, who was an original member. The women who are in motorsport through their own careers or through supporting their man are not valued as much as they should be in our industry or by the press. I know first hand, just how much my mother helped; she was totally dedicated and supportive of my father’s activities in this sport. He could not have achieved the success he had, if it wasn’t for the supportive role my mother played.”

After the presentations, a delicious lunch was served in the BRDC suite. In true Doghouse tradition, it was a fun, lively and noisy affair, as laughter filled the air. Following lunch, the members held their Annual General Meeting, where two new committee members were elected and two new charities were chosen for 2013: the Springfield Youth Club and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (specialising in the treatment of burns at East Grinstead Queen Elizabeth Hospital).

Mrs Hill thanked everyone for attending and for helping to make it such a wonderful occasion, adding: “I am pleased to report that the success of the events in 2012 ensures that we have equally ambitious and exciting events planned all over the country this year. Final details will be announced soon and published on the website and on the WMRAC Facebook page.”

The Women’s Motor Racing Associates Club – promoting friendship, support and fundraising in motor sport. http://www.wmrac.co.uk

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