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Charity, Speed Of Sight, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala dinner at the De Vere Cranage Estate. More than 170 of its supporters attended and throughout the night, the charity raised more than £13,000. 

Speed Of Sight is run by blind race car driver and multiple World Record holder Mike Newman and his co-founder John Galloway. Speed Of Sight run track days where the participant can have any disability, as the team is trained to help everyone in and out of the cars, which are specially designed and built – two racing cars and two all-terrain buggies – to allow people of all ages with disabilities to enjoy the excitement and thrill of driving. 

The vehicles, named after Mike’s guide dogs, are specially designed with dual controls and twin steering wheels and the buggies are equipped with hand controls. 

The charity has now been hosting track days for 10 years, in which time it has changed hundreds of lives in the nearly 100 track days it has put on in its tenure. 

Mike Newman enthused: “We are incredibly humbled by the amount raised for us in just one night, it brought tears to many eyes, including my own and I’m grateful to everyone who has supported us over the 10 years that we’ve been a charity. 

“While I always wanted this charity to succeed when I created it, I’m stunned at just how successful it’s been over the years, and how much joy it’s brought to so many lives. It’s not just the participants that are grinning at our track days because they’ve finally got the opportunity to drive a car, it’s the friends and family they bring with them, the companies that sponsor us, the volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t be able to do these track days. 

“There are so many people to thank and be appreciative of and I’m overwhelmed by the support. The gala event we threw was to celebrate the charity, but also everyone that has been there over the years. We will change hundreds of lives with this money and I’m thankful that I get to be a part of that.”