Earlier this year, Team BRIT had the privilege of meeting Isabelle (Izzy) Weall. Izzy is just 14-years-old and is a quadruple amputee.
When she was 7, she contracted meningitis. She was extremely unwell and spent a long time in hospital fighting the illness. Thankfully she pulled through, but the effects of the illness meant she had her arms and legs amputated below the elbows and knees.
Despite the challenges she faces, Izzy is an inspiration to many, setting up her own You Tube channel with a large following, where she gives makeup tutorials, and becoming a national trampolining champion last year.
After seeing her story, team founder Dave Player invited Izzy to a race at Oulton Park to meet the team, hear about their goals, and to see the technology they have developed to enable their disabled drivers to race.
Now, the team wants to help Izzy do something that she and her family never dreamed would be possible – race. Dave is working with prosthetics experts Dorset Orthopoedics and driving simulator creators Vesaro, to adapt their hand control technology to develop a system that would work for Izzy.
Not only would this give Izzy a chance she had never dreamed of, it paves the way for other disabled drivers across the world to enter the world of racing.
Izzy’s father Olly has now set up a Crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds needed to create the system. He needs to raise just £4,800 to pay for a specially created simulator, built by Vesaro, who are kindly supplying this to Olly for less than half the usual cost.
This will allow Izzy to drive with the bespoke controls in a safe environment, building up her confidence, her muscle memory and her driving skills before she attempts this in a car. Once Izzy has reached a safe level of competence, the hand control technology, which will allow her to drive using both her thighs and arms, will be transferred to a car so she can take part in her first track day.
Izzy will then need intensive driver development training with Team BRIT to see if she has the skills to race competitively, and the simulator will play a crucial part of this training program. If Izzy is not able to take up the sport, Olly has agreed to donate the simulator to Team BRIT so they can assist other disabled people.
Olly and the team are calling on members of the public and businesses to help give Izzy this amazing chance. To donate, visit Olly’s Crowdfunding page at
Izzy’s Youtube channel can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCotscVLRZVVVSKLWRws8xRw
To see a video of Izzy’s time with Team BRIT visit https://vimeo.com/238313762.