There may once have been a time when December was a quiet month in the F1 community but it’s a dim and distance memory now, consigned to the waste bin of history with black-and-white TV, fax machines and dinosaurs roaming the earth. As one season ends, so another starts and the boundaries between are definitely blurred.
Therefore it is a definite pleasure when we see something that really does reach a defined conclusion, and so it was earlier this month when the Wings for Life Formula One Challenge was able to announce its 2014 winners, and we were able to receive them in Milton Keynes with some money-really-can't-buy prizes.
With the 10-month Challenge complete, the final total raised for the spinal cord injury research foundation stood at a whopping £97,000. Across the F1 season the teams engaged in some ingenious fundraising ideas, from marathons, triathlons and abseiling through to cake sales and face painting, enticing colleagues, clients, friends and family into supporting Wings for Life. The team from Cotswold Outdoor was crowned champions for 2014, having raised over £30,000 for the charity.
The grand prize for Cotswold Outdoor was a behind-the-scenes factory tour and the once-in-a-lifetime (unless you're a racing driver contracted to Red Bull) chance to drive our simulator. The winners were joined at the factory by runners up Team M P Engineering, third place Team Smyle and fourth place Team Seraphim, all of whom passed the £10,000 mark in their fundraising drives.
We offer them all our congratulations, and extend that to the other entrants and everyone associated with the 2014 Wings for Life Formula One Challenge season – they're helping fund something that really will make a difference.
For more information on 2015's Formula One Corporate Challenge check here
For 2015's event, the entry list closes on January 23rd.