Great Ormond Street Hospital patient Jamie Hodgson from Tring was in pole position as Bernie Ecclestone’s VIP guest at the 2014 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The 13-year-old and his family joined a small group of other patients from the London children’s charity who are fanatical about Formula 1 racing.
Jamie has been treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital since his birth in August 2000. He was born 10 weeks early because his oesophagus was not joined to his stomach, so he could not swallow. He also had a hole in his heart.
Since then Jamie has had multiple surgeries and a few setbacks, but has beaten the odds and pulled through. Jamie is still unable to eat solid foods and uses a wheelchair but can use a special walking frame.
Jamie’s mum Christine said: “Despite all he has been through he still has the biggest smile and a cheeky personality.”
During the day at Silverstone, Jamie watched the qualifying race and enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the F1®Paddock.
He met drivers Lewis Hamilton, Max Chilton and Sir Jackie Stewart as well as presenter Suzi Perry.
Christine, said: “We had a fantastic day at Silverstone. Jamie was so excited to see what happens behind the scenes and meet some of his Formula 1 heroes!”
The amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip was organised for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as part of its ongoing relationship with F1.
Last week a F1 party at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum raised more than £900,000 towards a much needed new surgery centre at the hospital.
During the course of the past decade, the charity’s partnership with the F1® community has raised over £4 million.
Jamie’s day trip to what is one of the racing calendar’s most exciting events happened on Saturday, July 6.