Have McLaren always been super-friendly, but mis-interpreted through the press, or is Ron Dennis getting a bit soft in his old age? Either way, the McLaren boss has agreed to give 13 year-old Liam Fairhurst £50 of his hard-earned money for every fish the young lad manages to catch at the team’s lake, arcing around the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. The aim is raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent, a charity specialising in children’s cancer, its treatment and the care of the child and family.
The challenge was put to Liam, who after a tour of the McLaren factory in July, met the team chief and explained his fundraising efforts – Liam has raised in excess of £250,000 for charity in the past 20 months, and all this despite fighting his own battle with cancer. Dennnis apparently couldn’t resist Liam’s competitive streak and suggested he try and see what he could get out of his lake. The real challenge is that Liam has never fished before in his life, but he will be able to bring an expert with him. And much like Formula One, Dennis has some rules…
Liam has one hour to catch as many fish as he can. But only he is permitted to handle the rod and only I can count up the number of fish before they are returned to the lake. Having said that, I’ll let him bring an expert angling coach. In return, I have promised Liam £50 for each fish he catches. Ron Dennis.
Liam will be fishing the lake today, but people can still donate via Liam’s CLIC Sargent page – so far £700+ has been donated. Let’s hope Liam can put Ron out of pocket by as much as possible!
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If people sponsor me just £1 it will help make a difference. CLIC Sargent has been there for my family throughout my treatment. I want to give something back so that they can help other families like mine. Liam Fairhurst.