In the past forty eight hours, the motorsport community have rallied in support of one of their own, 17 year old Billy Monger, who has suffered life changing injuries as a result of an accident in the F4 Series at Donington Park over the weekend. Like many of you, I had never met Billy, but the messages of love and support to him and his family show what a truly gifted racer – and lovable character that he is.
“Well known in Motorsport for being not only an extremely talented young driver but for also being a truly special 17 year old – loved and admired by his team, fellow competitors, supporters and of course his devoted family. Billy is a complete one off, a cracking young man with a spark that makes it impossible for anyone not to like him. Full of spirit, Billy is one of those people that instantly lights up a room. His positive, plucky outlook on life is not only hugely endearing but also incredibly inspirational and it’s phenomenal to see how respected and loved Billy is.”
Those words are taken from a JustGiving page that was set up yesterday for Billy by his race team, JHR Developments, Nick Armstrong and Tom Ingram. The aim was to help raise funds to aid his recovery after the catastrophic injuries suffered in the accident meant that Billy has had both of his legs amputated.
The recovery period ahead for Billy is going to be long – and expensive. The target on the JustGiving page was set at £260k.
I donated, I re Tweeted – and so did many of you.
As the hours ticked by, so did the funds pouring in for Billy. In a matter of minutes, £50,000 had been raised as the motorsport community stood as one and helped out a fellow competitor. Word quickly spread, high profile drivers, teams and celebrities spreading the word about Billy’s injuries and how we, together, can make a difference.
Friends, drivers, sponsors, mums, dads, strangers – donations have continued to come in overnight and as I sit here and type this, 15899 people have dug deep and raised an incredible £640, 000 – 246% of the target first appealed for – and the donations are still coming in.
Whilst the donations are crucial, the messages that people are leaving are as equally as heartwarming. People from all walks of life are wishing Billy well in his recovery and some are sharing their own stories of overcoming adversity. There are those too who prefer to be anonymous, knowing that they have done their part to help this incredible young man. I am sure that Billy will soon take the time to read these messages of support and love and will be empowered beyond belief.
If you haven’t yet donated and can spare a few pennies, I would urge you to click the link below and donate. Billy has always been a fighter and now he faces one of the biggest fights in his short life. He needs our support, our love, our encouragement.