Aspiring racing driver Cameron Twynham and his sponsors MRE Motorsport have launched a unique partnership with Anxiety UK to help raise awareness of anxiety in young people and promote the charity’s work.
The partnership will see Cameron become an ambassador for Anxiety UK and he will feature Anxiety UK’s logo on his Team West-Tec Toyota-powered Dallara F308 in the 2013 European F3 Open Championship across Europe this season.
Despite a successful fledgling career in motor sport 17-year old Cameron has suffered from anxiety since September 2010 and underwent treatment to learn how to manage and live with the day-to-day challenges of his anxiety.
As a result Cameron and his family become far more aware of how many children and young people suffered from anxiety issues and wanted to help others facing the same dilemma.
His father Julian saw the opportunity to work with a charity and utilise Cameron’s profile as a race driver to help raise awareness and approached Anxiety UK.
Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK, said: “Naturally, we are delighted to be able to work with Cameron and Julian to develop this unique opportunity to raise awareness of anxiety disorders and promote our work to a wider audience.
“Cameron’s story is one we can empathise with and relate to, anxiety in young people is far greater than we imagine and despite some clear symptoms many parents are often unaware of what their children are going through.
“We are confident this partnership will play a major role to reach and inform a lot more people, including schools, teachers and parents about anxiety problems.
“We are extremely grateful to Cameron, Julian and MRE Motorsport for their help and support in raising the profile of Anxiety UK,” Ms Lidbetter added.
Julian Twynham said: “Like many parents my wife and I didn’t really understand what Cameron was dealing with at first.
“Now we are far more aware of anxiety and how it is much more widespread than we realised, we’ve spoken to many others who say that’s how they feel when we describe Cameron’s symptoms.
“That’s why we wanted to work with Nicky and Anxiety UK; this is our way of giving something back to those who may be looking for somewhere to turn to.”
In addition to featuring the Anxiety UK logo on his car plans are being developed for Cameron to visit local schools to speak of his experiences of anxiety, develop top tips for teachers and parents and also help raise funds for Anxiety UK.
“I’m delighted that I’m able to something to help others realise what they are facing but also reassure them that you can manage your anxiety and still achieve your goals in life,” said Cameron. “Working with Anxiety UK is a great way of helping spread that message.”
STOP PRESS – In his first F3 race at the Paul Ricard Winter Series on Saturday 16th February 2013 Cameron came a very credible third place to finish on the podium on his debut for Team West-Tec, only 24 hours before his first ever driving lesson!
In only his first year of single-seater racing, Cameron competed in both the 2012 InterSteps Championship and Formula Renault BARC Winter Series as the youngest driver, achieving 4th and 6th Driver Championship positions respectively. He achieved a total of seven podiums and 24 top ten finishes and came 2nd in both Rookie classes.
He has recently been invited to attend the inaugural McLaren Performance Academy for aspiring young drivers, which will assist them in the development of their skills in order to help them reach their full potential within motorsport.