Kirby youngster meets F1 stars at Great Ormond Street day out

PUBLISHED: 13:34 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:34 18 July 2016

Jacob (right) meeting Lewis Hamilton

Jacob (right) meeting Lewis Hamilton

Ash Knotek

Mum says days out give youngsters something to look forward to

A youngster from Kirby who suffers from a visual impairment had the time of his life when he attended the British Grand Prix as a VIP guest.

Twelve-year-old Jacob Hare, from Kirby, met racing stars Lewis Hamilton and Damon Hill at an event organised for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity as part of its ongoing relationship with F1.

Along with other youngsters being treated at the hospital, he was able to watch practice sessions and enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the F1 Paddock.

Mum Louise Potter said: It was absolutely amazing and probably something that we will remember forever.

“Jacob doesn’t watch a lot of TV but he loves fast cars - Ferraris and Lamborghinis - so to get close up and to see them go past so near to him was amazing.

“To be in the garage with the drivers and the noise was fantastic.

“At the end of the day we saw Lewis Hamilton, and he couldn’t have been nicer.

“He stood with them and had photos taken, and for them to meet someone they had hear of couldn’t have been better.

“Then for him to go on and win the race was great.”

Jacob has retinal dystrophy - a wasting of the retina at the back of the eye that affects his vision.

He visits Great Ormond Street twice a year, but at the moment little can be done to treat his condition.

Mrs Potter said the days out organised by GOSH are ‘very important’ and give the children something to look forward to.

“The children could just forget about their issues and they really felt like VIPs,” she added.

“It is difficult for Jacob to taker part in sport, so to go there and feel special was brilliant and it makes so much difference. I can’t thank them enough.”

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