MSN Rally Championship | Championship to Support Charity for First-Time
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Championship to Support Charity for First-Time

The MSN Circuit Rally Championship (MSNCRC) in association with MSVR, featuring the Michelin Cup and the Protyre Challenge is delighted to announce that we have chosen Wigan & Leigh Hospice as our official charity partner.

The new partnership, which will span the 2020-21 season will see the Championship hope to raise a significant amount for the Wigan & Leigh Hospice. As with most charities, the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted its ability to raise vital funds.

The Hospice is a registered charity offering palliative and end of life care to people with incurable, progressive illnesses. The hospice also provides care and support for those people important to their patients.  It has a 14-bed inpatient unit which is open 365 days a year as well as two community nursing teams. In addition, it has a day service; a team which delivers education and training in end of life care to nursing and residential homes; counselling and bereavement support.

Dr Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan & Leigh Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as official charity partner for this exciting championship. As a charity which receives less than a third of our funding from Government we rely on the support like this to ensure that we can continue delivering hospice care. The funds raised will go towards providing compassionate care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and will help to ensure hospice care is here for the future.” 

Competitors will be given the chance to donate to the charity on their entry form, while links to the Hospice’s website and fundraising activities will be found on our website. There will also be fundraising boxes situated in the Championship HQ and signing-on areas at every round.

Coming ahead of the sixth season of Britain’s premier stage rally championship, Wigan & Leigh Hospice is the MSNCRC first-ever charity partner and has been chosen due to the support it provided Championship deputy co-ordinator Andy Long and his family during his late-wife’s battle with cancer.

Andy Long Deputy Championship Co-ordinator commented:  Wigan and Leigh Hospice provided a truly exceptional level of care to Emma, both as an in-patient, and through their Hospice at Home service. The community nursing teams gave us the opportunity to spend time together as a family. I will be forever indebted to all the staff and, hope this charity partnership opportunity will go a long way to helping the hospice to provide for other families.  On behalf of myself and my family I would like to extend my deepest thanks for your support towards this valuable cause.”

In line with government guidelines and current Motorsport UK advice, the championship is looking forward to a November start-date with the Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park.

Further visits to Cadwell Park and Donington Park will follow prior to Christmas 2020, before resuming in January 2021 with a visit to Brands Hatch. A second visit to Cadwell Park is then followed by trips to Snetterton and Anglesey before finishing in March at Donington Park.

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