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Swift Group forms partnership with forces’ charity Mission Motorsport

Swift Group has donated a motorhome to an Armed Forces’ charity that helps veterans to rebuild their lives by providing opportunities through motorsport.

Mission Motorsport will use the brand new Swift Bessacarr motorhome at events across the UK and worldwide as part of a new partnership with Swift Group.

Swift Group is Europe’s No1 leisure vehicle brand and the UK’s biggest manufacturer of caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes.

Launched six years ago, Mission Motorsport has worked with 1,400 ex-servicemen and women, providing 4,500 days of sport and helped 120 wounded, injured and sick service leavers and veterans to find employment.

The charity said the “luxurious” motorhome will “make an enormous difference”.

It plans to use the motorhome at over 100 events – including the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the British GT at Brands Hatch, and the charity’s own Race of Remembrance held on Anglesey, North Wales, in November.

The Swift Bessacarr will enable the team to rest between and after races in comfort and style.

Getting on the road

The partnership was kicked off at Swift Group’s headquarters in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, when Swift commercial director Nick Page handed over the keys to Mission Motorsport CEO James Cameron.

Nick Page said, “We are delighted to partner with Mission Motorsport through the donation of a Swift Bessacarr motorhome. The work they are doing is incredible – helping our heroes to make a fresh start. We hope the Bessacarr can bring the team a little more comfort when trackside and contribute to the charity continuing its excellent work.”

James Cameron, CEO Mission Motorsport, said, “Our work in support of the Forces’ community sees us deliver a calendar that spans motorsport events across the country, from Elite level sport to low level, recovery events.

“With over 100 events planned in 2018, across the UK and beyond, this Swift motorhome will make an enormous difference in our ability to look after our guys and girls attending. We are hugely grateful to the Swift Group for this generous donation and look forward to getting on the road with this luxurious motorhome.”

Bessacarr is a premium motorhome range – a true icon of luxury and high performance. It was completely redesigned for 2018 with a streamlined low profile and a lavish interior.

Motorhomes and motorsports go hand in hand. Many competitors use them as a base, and Swift Bessacarr and Kon-tiki motorhomes can often be seen track-side.

Rebuilding lives

Steven McCulley is one of Mission Motorsport’s beneficiaries. He was seriously injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Shrapnel ripped large holes in his chest, which led to major surgery and a serious lung condition.

Mission Motorsport has helped him to rebuild his life through racing and skills training. On the track, he won first in class in the Race of Remembrance – an annual motorsport event run by the charity to honour the commitment of servicemen and women and their families.

Away from the track, Mission Motorsport helped Steven to achieve new skills in engineering and workshop management. He now runs his own business.

The tie-up with Mission Motorsport further cements Swift Group’s association with motorsport. The company already sponsors British Rally Championship (BRC) driver Matt Edwards. Driving the Swift M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5, Matt is challenging for the title in 2018 – starting the season winning the Pirelli International Rally.

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