Race ace Webber drops in to help raise £50,000 for new college student charity

The Aussie race ace, who lives in Aston Clinton, joined guests at the launch of the Aylesbury College Trust
The Aussie race ace, who lives in Aston Clinton, joined guests at the launch of the Aylesbury College Trust

Formula 1 racing driver Mark Webber has taken up the challenge to help boost a new college charity.

The Aussie race ace, who lives in Aston Clinton, joined guests at the launch of the Aylesbury College Trust.

The Trust plans to initially raise £50,000 with the help of businesses in the area.

Now a patron of the charity, Mr Webber has pledged to bring a version of his extreme physical charity challenge from Tasmania to Aylesbury.

Mr Webber will work with the college to decide on the challenges that teams will face and is expected to attend the event.

Fresh from a podium at Monza last weekend, he told guests in the 10 years he had been running the event in Tasmania he had raised more than £2million for charity.

“I have been talking to Silverstone and I want to put something together next year and get behind some of the great young people in the community,” he said.

College students joined councillors and members of the business community at the launch event held at Waddesdon Manor on Friday.

Led by former college principal Pauline Odulinski the trust will support individual students with grants, sponsorship or materials that assist with their education.

Mrs Odulinski, who retired from the college earlier this year after 26 years, is the founder. She said: “I am delighted with the positive response from local businesses to the Mark Webber Youth Challenge proposals.

“Since Friday’s launch event a number of those attending have committed to providing support for this initiative.

“Despite being in the middle of the Formula 1 season, Mark gave up his time to launch the challenge and support the ACT Trust.”

Guests included the Lord Lt of Buckinhamshire Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Sir Stuart Hampson, former rally driver Paddy Hopkirk, a number of representatives from the Poppa Guttman Trust and Carl Eltholen, Bucks County Council chairman.