CHARITABLE PLEDGE: Hamilton launches Mission 44 foundation
PA Bradley Collyer
Lewis Hamilton has launched a charitable foundation to support youngsters from under-represented groups with a personal £20million pledge from the Formula One world champion.
The Briton, a seven-time F1 champion who won the British Grand Prix this season, will use his new ‘Mission 44’ foundation to attempt to close the gap in employment and education.
He has been backed by his Mercedes team as well as his existing brand partners and sponsors, with
Hamilton having spoken at length about his ambition to support those from under-represented backgrounds.
“Supporting the ambitions of under-represented young people has always been important to me and Mission 44 represents my commitment to create real change within this community,” the 36-year-old said.
“In my early life, I experienced first-hand how coming from an under-represented background can affect your future but, luckily for me, I was able to overcome those odds through opportunity and support.
“I want to ensure that other young people from similar backgrounds are able to do the same.
“I am so grateful that Mercedes are joining me on our initiative Ignite, with the goal to improve representation within the motorsport industry.
“The findings of The Hamilton Commission and its recommendations have provided us with a fantastic basis to begin our work.
“Change within the industry is long overdue, but we are now firmly on the journey towards transforming it for the better.”
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