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Damon Hill to attend Charlton fundraising dinner

PUBLISHED: 11:17 01 October 2010

Damon Hill

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A former Formula One world champion will be guest of honour at a charity dinner to raise money for a Down's Syndrome sports scheme which is at risk of closure due to lack of funding.

Legendary racer Sir Damon Hill and his wife Georgie will be at a fund raising dinner at Charlton Athletic Football Ground on October 14, in aid of The Upbeats.

Run by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, The Upbeats is a scheme which organises football projects for young people with Down’s Syndrome and is due to run out of funding in December. Mr and Mrs Hill’s son Oliver was born with the congenital disorder and his parents are patrons of the Down’s Syndrome Association. Mr Hill said: “Georgie and I are only too pleased to support the Upbeats Dinner because it’s in aid of such a worthwhile cause.”

A year ago the trust was approached by the Down’s Syndrome Association to organise a football project for young people with the disorder. Since then, more than 100 young people, aged from five to 24 years old, have registered.

In addition to playing football, youngsters are encouraged to play tag rugby, cricket and tri-golf and enjoy street dance, while being encouraged to become involved in environmental programmes. Last year, the organisation won a TV competition which awards community organisations with National Lottery Funding.

The funding from Peoples Millions will run out in December and it is hoped that sufficient money raised from the dinner will enable the organisation to continue. The dinner will take place at The Valley, Floyd Road, Charlton, on Thursday, October 14 at 7pm. The cost is £500 for a table of 10 or £60 per individual ticket.

If you would like to book a table and are interested about sponsorship opportunities around the event, call 07813 747842 or email gary.allen9@yahoo.co.uk.

To donate money please go to www.cact.org.uk and click on Upbeats where there is a Just Giving link.

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