Team BRIT has pledged its support of a major disaster response charity and is calling on the motorsport industry to do the same.
The team is offering help to national charity, Team Rubicon UK, as it works to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Team Rubicon UK offers voluntary services, expertise and resources to people and areas affected by disaster, with many of its team members being highly-skilled ex-military personnel.
Team Rubicon UK has launched Op RE:ACT in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, working alongside the UK Government, British Armed Forces and the UK voluntary and community sector to set up a national cell to organise and coordinate volunteers.
Founder of Team BRIT, Dave Player, an ex-Royal Engineer in the Army, saw the work Team Rubicon UK is undertaking and immediately got in touch to see how the team could help.
Team BRIT , which has many military connections, aims to be the first British all-disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour and supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport.
Dave has offered Team Rubicon UK access to transport, vehicles and mechanics to support its work, and this weekend, a Team BRIT van was used by the charity to distribute food around London on behalf of the British Red Cross.
Dave and the team are now introducing Team Rubicon UK to contacts across the motorsport industry, in the hope that Team Rubicon UK can form a database of volunteers offering man power, transport, expertise and vehicles.
Team Rubicon UK CEO Rich Sharp, a former Royal Marine Commando said: “We’re delighted to link up with Team Brit, without them this would not have been possible. It’s this kind of collaboration that is so important in helping vulnerable communities during this crisis.”
Dave Player said, “We’ve been so keen to offer our support to the response efforts underway as we fight this pandemic. As soon as I saw news of Team Rubicon UK’s work, I knew this was how we could make an impact.
“With racing teams and crews stood down all over the country as racing is on hold, there is so much the motorsport industry can offer, so it’s only right that we play our part.
“It was great to see our van out being used at the weekend, it’s just a small contribution but will help in the efforts we should all be making to fight this crisis. Team Rubicon UK has the support of Team BRIT for as long it’s needed.”
Team Rubicon UK is also encouraging individuals with military backgrounds to sign up as volunteers. More than 3,000 people joined its database last week and will be called upon to support communities in areas throughout the UK.
Any motorsport teams or individuals keen to get involved should visit https://www.teamrubiconuk.org/opre-act/signup/